What's On in February at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Events, Courses, and Lectures

EXHIBITS

African Penguin Colony - ongoing exhibit
Watch as The Academy's African penguins dip and dive in their new tank, which contains four times as much water and nearly twice as much land as their old home in Golden Gate Park. Enjoy feeding shows every day at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm. During the shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water, and then steps into the pool to toss vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

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Coral Reef - ongoing exhibit
View a two-story, 20,000-gallon coral reef tank that features dozens of tropical reef fish as well as a wide variety of colorful corals. Children will especially love seeing the common clownfish (often called Nemo) and the blue tang (otherwise known as Dory). Wetsuit-clad divers enter the tank often to care for the corals and clean the tank walls. Academy biologists are using this enormous tank to test ideas for the even larger 225,000-gallon coral reef tank that will be a part of the New Academy when it opens in Golden Gate Park in 2008. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Touch Tidepool - ongoing exhibit
During your next trip to the aquarium, don't let the fish have all the fun - start splashing at the Touch Tidepool, where visitors can handle a few of the animals that live along the California coastline, including sea stars, turban snails, hermit crabs, and sea cucumbers. The tidepool is staffed from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm almost every day with naturalists and trained nature lovers who can answer questions about the animals and their habitat. Even when facilitators are not present, clear plexiglass tank walls allow visitors to view the tidepool inhabitants. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

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SSsssnake Alley - ongoing exhibit
They're scaly, slinky, and slithery, and they line the walls of a winding passageway called SSsssnake Alley. View Steinhart Aquarium residents that formerly made their home in the Swamp in Golden Gate Park, including the anaconda, African rock python, ball python, pine snake, vine snakes, California kingsnake, ground boas, and emerald tree boas. Stop by and say hello to some of your favorite slithering snakes. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Steinhart Aquarium - ongoing exhibit
View thousands of fishes, a captivating array of reptiles and amphibians, and the Academy's beloved penguin colony at Steinhart Aquarium every day. Now that the animals are happily housed at 875 Howard Street, visitors may view them in up-close displays that bring the back of the house to the front, allowing the public to see the equipment and technology required to keep an aquarium running. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed - through April 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, Honeypot 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. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

FEBRUARY EVENTS

EVERY DAY
Penguin Feedings

During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water, and then steps into the pool to toss vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Every day at 11 am and 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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Army Ant Feedings
Known as the "Huns and Tartars of the insect world," Army ants are such voracious eaters that one colony can decimate an area of more than 1,800 square yards in a single day. Now you can watch these fascinating ants eat during a scheduled feeding every afternoon. Every day at 2:15 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

EVERY WEDNESDAY- SUNDAY
Hands-on Science at the Academy

Hands-on learning demonstrators teach visitors of all ages how to examine microscopic aquatic life or study adaptations of marine animals. Takes place every Wednesday through Sunday in January at 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Children's Story Time
Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will will be devoted to Black History Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will will be devoted to Black History Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Skull Detectives
Dissect owl pellets with Academy naturalists. Learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, compare your bones with native herbivores, and prepare your own specimens to take home. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
What's That Ant In My Kitchen?
Learn how to collect and identify local ant species. Researchers working on the Bay Area Ant Survey will be available to answer questions and provide information on how you can participate in this exciting scientific project. Data sheets and ant collecting kits will be provided for all participating families. 12-2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Wild Animal Mimics
Meet a live snake that pretends to be venomous, and see other examples of insects, birds and reptiles that try to fool other animals in order to survive. 12:30 & 1:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Children's Story Time
Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will be devoted to Black History Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration Demonstration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will will be devoted to Black History Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

The Social Evolution of Jazz
In honor of African-American Heritage Month, renowned jazz drummer Mr. E. W. Wainwright and his ensemble, The African Roots of Jazz, take us on a musical journey that traces African-American musical forms, such as jazz, gospel, and spirituals, to their earliest beginnings in African cultures. The program features instrumental music, songs, theater performance, and audience participation. 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Courtship in the Animal Kingdom

Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Academy! Learn about the diverse courtship behaviors used by other members of the animal kingdom and discover some of the unique strategies that animals employ for attracting a mate. 12-1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Out of the Lab
Get a glimpse into the science behind-the-scenes at the Academy. Curators and scientists will show their latest acquisitions and talk about their research in places near and far. 12-1:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

The Amazing (and tasty) Dungeness Crab
See real crab larvae, touch crab specimens, and explore the life cycle of the Dungeness crab. 12:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Third Thursday
Filled with cocktails, conversation, clownfish, and corals, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays while listening to live music and enjoying a no-host bar. 5-9 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. $5 admission.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Children's Story Time
Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will be devoted to Black History Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration Demonstration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will be devoted to Black History Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Cultural Traditions of Ecuador
Wearing hand-embroidered costumes, Martha Stammer-Brankline will perform traditional Ecuadorian dances, including a chola dance from her hometown of Cuenca, and explain the cultural significance of each dance and dress. 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Skull Detectives

Dissect owl pellets with Academy naturalists. Learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, compare your bones with native herbivores, and prepare your own specimens to take home. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Homeschool Day

The California Academy of Sciences invites homeschool students and their families to enjoy a day of special tours and activities at the Academy. For this special event, admission for homeschool students and their families is $1 (San Francisco County homeschoolers will be admitted free of admission). 10 am-5 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Children's Story Time
Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will be devoted to Black History Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration Demonstration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will be devoted to Black History Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

What's That Ant In My Kitchen?
Learn how to collect and identify local ant species. Researchers working on the Bay Area Ant Survey will be available to answer questions and provide information on how you can participate in this exciting scientific project. Data sheets and ant collecting kits will be provided for all participating families. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FEBRUARY LECTURES

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Conversations at the Herbst Theatre Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute & Worldwatch Institute, will speak in conversation with Paul Hawken. 8 pm; $16.50 members, $18.50 non-members; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11
A Tale of Two Whales
Lecture by Dave Weller, Ph.D., Marine Scientist, National Marine Fisheries Service

Explore the life history of the two surviving populations of gray whales, the Eastern and Western Pacific populations. This special lecture will cover current information on the biology and ecology of gray whales and will contrast their conservation stories. It will celebrate the successful recovery of the Eastern population of gray whales, which swim past our coast, and address the circumstances of the critically endangered Western population. Dr. Weller will draw from his own experiences at Sakhalin to describe first-hand the challenges Western gray whales are facing today. Lecture is FREE to all. This lecture is co-sponsored by Oceanic Society Expeditions. 7:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Conversations at the Herbst Theatre Wendell Berry, author of Hannah Coulter and Citizenship Papers, will speak in conversation with Jack Shoemaker. 8 pm; $16.50 members, $18.50 non-members; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21
How Lonely is our Planet? New Results in the Quest for Alien Life
Benjamin Dean lecture with David Grinspoon Ph.D., Southwest Research Institute

In a talk illustrated with provocative and striking space imagery, the author of the recent award winning book Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life, will discuss the intriguing new results from NASA's missions to Titan and Mars, and how these inform our changing views about life elsewhere in the universe. 7:30 pm; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, San Francisco.

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Every Day

During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water, and then steps into the pool to toss vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Every day at 11 am & 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

ARMY ANT FEEDINGS
Every Day

Known as the "Huns and Tartars of the insect world," Army ants are such voracious eaters that one colony can decimate an area of more than 1,800 square yards in a single day. Now you can watch these fascinating ants eat during a scheduled feeding every afternoon. Every day at 2:15 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Fridays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 2 pm
Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 10:30 am

Children ages 3-7 are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will be devoted to Black History Month. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SKULL DETECTIVES
Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 24 from 2-4 pm
Dissect owl pellets, learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, and prepare your own specimens to take home. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WILD ANIMAL MIMICS
Friday, February 11 at 12:30 & 1:30 pm

Meet a live snake that pretends to be venomous, and see other examples of insects, birds and reptiles that try to fool other animals in order to survive. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

COURTSHIP IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
Monday, February 14 from 12-1 pm

Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Academy! Learn about the diverse courtship behaviors used by other members of the animal kingdom and discover some of the unique strategies that animals employ for attracting a mate. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WHAT'S THAT ANT IN MY KITCHEN?
Wednesday, February 9 and Saturday, February 26 from 1-3 pm

Kids and their families can learn how to collect and identify local ant species with Academy researchers. Data sheets and ant collecting kits will be provided for all participating families. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.



The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $7 for adults, $4.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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