Museum Without Walls Lecture Series Kicks Off April 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-19-2012

Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
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Cheyenne King, Marketing
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Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
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Gateway Science Museum and the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico will begin their spring Museum Without Walls Lecture Series Wednesday, April 4, at the Chico Area Recreation District Center. The five-part series, Butterflies, Bees and Bats: Native Pollinators of the North State, explores the wide array of pollinators in our environment.

gateway logoThe lecture series opens with John Whittlesey, owner of Canyon Creek Nursery and Design, whose interest is growing plants and designing gardens that conserve water and are attractive while providing habitat for people and wildlife. In his presentation, “Keeping Company with Flowers: A Glimpse into the World of Pollinators,” he will share his enthusiasm for viewing the intimate world of wildflowers and their companions — bees, flies, butterflies, moths and spiders — through close-up photography.

Additional lectures in the MWOW spring series include:

  • April 11: “Nectar and Pollen in North State Wildflowers: Food for a Diversity of Native Pollinators” by Rob Schlising, professor emeritus, CSU, Chico;
  • April 18: “Bees and Flowers, the Love Affair Continues” by Gordon Frankie, professor and research entomologist, UC Berkeley;
    • April 25: “Bats in Northern California” by Mary Jean “Corky” Quirk, founder, NorCal Bats;
  • May 2: “Pollinator Conservation” by Rachael Morgan, soil conservationist, and Thomas Moore, state biologist, both from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Each MWOW lecture is on Wednesday and begins at 7:30 p.m. at the CARD Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave., Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with ID are free. A question-and-answer period will follow each program.

The spring MWOW series will be accompanied by pollinator-themed activities in the museum’s Education Station and a native pollinator-based photography exhibit opening in late April and running through summer in the Valley Gallery.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.

 

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