Sunday with a Scientist examines invasive species

Sunday with a Scientist examines invasive species

Two children work to build an Asian long-horned beetle as part of a community event with the Nebraska Invasive Species Program.
Allison Zach | Nebraska Invasive Species Program)
Two children work to build an Asian long-horned beetle as part of a community event with the Nebraska Invasive Species Program.

The University of Nebraska State Museum's July Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will focus on invasive species in Nebraska.

The museum is partnering with the Nebraska Invasive Species Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to present "Alien Invaders: Invasive Species that Threaten Nebraska's Good Life" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 17 at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets.

Invasive species are non-native species that threaten Nebraska's native species and natural resources. About 42 percent of threatened and endangered species are at risk, primarily due to invasive species. Prevention of the spread of these species is key to protecting native species and resources.

The Nebraska Invasive Species Program is a grant-funded program that works with resource agencies and other organizations that conduct invasive species management and research in the state. The program works to educate the public on these "alien invaders" and provide information on how to prevent their introduction and spread.

At the event, presenters will lead visitors in various crafts and hands-on activities, including creating emerald ash borers and Asian long-horned beetles. Visitors can test their knowledge at the Invasive Species Question Wheel. Children and families also will be able to examine specimens and learn more about the invasive species that are of concern in Nebraska.

Activities will be led by Allison Zach, Nebraska Invasive Species Program coordinator; Sarah Rothchild, Nebraska Invasive Species Program technician; Mary Gordon, master naturalist; and Patty Allen of Lincoln Public Schools.

Sunday with a Scientist is a presentation series that highlights the work of scientists while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters share scientific information in a fun, informal way through demonstrations, activities or by conducting science on site. Sunday with a Scientist typically takes place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

For more information on the program, including upcoming topics, click here.