What's On at the California Academy of Sciences August 2004
Exhibits, Courses, Programs, and Lectures

Museum Open
875 Howard Street Open

The California Academy of Sciences is open to the public. Visitors may view thousands of live animals in Steinhart Aquarium, including the penguin colony, snakes residing in SSSssnake alley, six live colonies of ants in the exhibit ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed and miniature wonders of the universe in the exhibit Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme.
California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street
Open 365 days of the year, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (415) 379-8000.

Exhibits

ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed ongoing through May 2005

Curated by Academy entomologist Brian Fisher, ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed showcases six colonies of live ants, each of which display distinctive nest building and food collecting behaviors. Four of the species represented - Harvester Ants, Carpenter Ants, Honey Pot Ants, and invasive Argentine Ants - are commonly found in California. The other two species, however, come from farther afield. Leaf Cutter ants, which cultivate gardens of fungus in order to ensure a steady food supply, make their home in the tropical rainforests of South America, while meat eating Army ants migrate through parts of Africa and the Americas in search of prey. Each of the six live ant colonies offers visitors the chance to look inside the chambers and tunnels of the ants' nests and watch them forage for food.

Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme ongoing exhibit
What is life? How do we study it? Where is it found on Earth? And does it exist elsewhere in the Universe? To identify the types of environments that would be capable of supporting life beyond our own planet, astrobiologists must study the limits of life here on Earth. They do this by researching extreme environments, such as thermal springs and hydrothermal vents (geysers on the ocean floor), that host hardy living organisms. Both of these types of extreme environments are explored in the Academy's exhibit Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme. Astrobiology is an exciting new scientific discipline that combines the traditional fields of astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics to address a vast topic: the study of life in the Universe. The Academy is delving into this compelling new field by creating an exhibit for its 875 Howard Street location titled Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme.

Lectures, Programs, and Events

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Penguin Feedings

The penguins from Steinhart Aquarium have migrated to their new tank located at the California Academy of Sciences at 875 Howard Street; preening their feathers, swimming in their new bigger pool, and eating their favorite tasty treats of herring and capelins keeps both the penguins and delighted guests busy all day. Every day at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. visitors may watch and ask questions as an aquatic biologist feeds the African penguins. At the feeding a biologist dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water then steps into the pool to feed the penguins. Throughout the feeding, a biologist explains different behaviors of the penguins and of this particular colony. Then visitors have a chance to ask questions. Each feeding takes 20 minutes.
Every day 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., free with museum admission
California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Marine Biology Adventurers
For Ages 12-14
Kid campers are invited to explore Bodega Bay's ruggedly beautiful coastline during five exciting days. Participants will watch lounging harbor seals and discover the many birds that make this marshy area their home. They will study amazing tidepool creatures like sea stars and anemones, hike along bluffs to identify and sketch the area's coastal plants, canoe on Petaluma Marsh, the Bay Area's largest intact tidal marsh, then return amazed at the diversity of coastal California's plant and animal life. Dormitory-style housing and meals provided by UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. Campers will practice outdoor skills and field-biology techniques while studying California's amazing marine wildlife and plants. Drop-off and pick-up at the Academy at 875 Howard Street. All meals, except lunch on trip's first day, are included.
Orientation: Friday, August 6, 5-7 pm
Field Trip: August 9-13,
Monday 8:30 am-Friday 5 pm
$510 members, $560 non-members
(415) 379-8000, e-mail edregistrar@calacademy.org, or visit www.calacademy.org/education for more information, including scholarship applications.

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Story Time
The Academy's story time takes place every Saturday, at 11 a.m. August stories focus on night skies. Free with museum admission. For children ages 3-7.
Saturday, August 7, 11 am; California Academy of Sciences (415) 379-8000

ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE
Farmed and Dangerous: The Modern Era of Salmon Farming
California Academy of Sciences' Lecture with Sophika Kostyniuk.
Buying a piece of fish has become an increasingly complex task in our modern society. It is often difficult to differentiate between the merits of farmed or wild-caught salmon, and the associated health and environmental risks. Join Sophika Kostyniuk as she presents the findings of the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform - a coalition of ten member groups comprised of fishermen, environmentalists, scientists, and indigenous people who are concerned about the current practices within the salmon farming industry. Public awareness and education is a critical component of furthering CAAR's mission to protect wild salmon, coastal ecosystems, coastal communities, and human health from destructive fish farming practices. For years, the Academy has worked to protect wild salmon. This presentation is another step on the path toward sustainable fisheries.
To order tickets, call (415) 379-8000. Tickets also sold at the door, when available. Monday, August 9, 2 & 7:30 pm; $8; Zeum Theater, 221 4th Street, San Francisco.

FAMILY ART DEMONSTRATION
Scientific Illustration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. Free with museum admission.
Friday, August 13, 3-3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Story Time

The Academy's story time takes place every Saturday, at 11 a.m. August stories focus on night skies. Free with museum admission. For children ages 3-7.
Saturday, August 14, 11 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey

Meet with Academy scientists and learn how to participate in this unique scientific study. Limited to first 20 participants. Free with museum admission.
Saturday, August 14, 11:30 am & 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Out of the Lab

Watch and learn from Academy research staff as they prepare specimens and demonstrate scientific research techniques. This month, scientists working on the Academy's SF Bay2K project will discuss their latest findings. Free with museum admission.
Wednesday, August 18, 12-1:30 pm, California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Story Time

The Academy's story time takes place every Saturday, at 11 a.m. August stories focus on night skies. Free with museum admission. For children ages 3-7.
Saturday, August 21, 11 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

FAMILY ART DEMONSTRATION
Scientific Illustration

Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. Free with museum admission.
Friday, August 27, 3-3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Story Time

The Academy's story time takes place every Saturday, at 11 a.m. August stories focus on night skies. Free with museum admission. For children ages 3-7.
Saturday, August 28, 11 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey

Meet with Academy scientists and learn how to participate in this unique scientific study. Limited to first 20 participants. Free with museum admission.
Saturday, August 28, 11:30 am & 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street (415) 379-8000

KIDS: THINGS TO DO
Fall Birdwatching

Thousands of migrating birds fly over California every fall as they head south. Search for them in Golden Gate Park. Look for yellow-rumped and townsend's warblers, cedar waxwings, fox sparrows, and more. Wear warm, layered clothing and walking shoes, and bring binoculars and water. Ages 8 and up. FREE Reservations required: (415) 379-8000. Sunday, August 29, 9-10:30 am. Meet at the corner of Middle Drive Road and 9th Avenue in Golden Gate Park. Rain cancels program.

CONSERVATION DOCUMENTARY & LECTURE
The Last Journey for the Giant Leatherback?

Film and special lecture with Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.
Join the California Academy of Sciences for a special showing of The Last Journey for the Leatherback? This new documentary focuses on the magnificent Pacific leatherback sea turtle and threats to their survival. Produced by Emmy-award winner Stan Minasian, this film will be followed by a presentation by renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Ph.D. Dr. Earle is an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society who was named Time magazine's first "hero for the planet," and was formerly a curator with the Academy.

The plight of the leatherback is emblematic of the threats facing a myriad of ocean species. The leatherback has swum the Earth's oceans for 100 million years, but threats to their ocean ecosystem could drive them extinct within the next decade. Learn how scientists and conservationists are working to save the leatherback from extinction and the impact that individuals can have on the marine ecosystems.

This event is co-sponsored with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. For information about a Sea Turtle Restoration Project reception with Earle prior to the video showing, please call (415) 488-0370 ext. 105. There will also be a six-foot submersible submarine for viewing at the presentation.
Tuesday, August 31, 8 pm for info call the California Academy of Sciences (415) 379-8000
To order tickets, call the JCCSF Box Office at (415) 292-1233 or e-mail arts@jccsf.org. Tickets also sold at the door, when available. Tuesday, August 31, 8 pm; 6 members & students, $8 non-members; JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco.

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