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

EXHIBITS

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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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

Scientific Illustration - March 1 - August 31, 2005
Recent works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators will be on display through August 31, 2005. The skills of the scientific illustrator must extend far beyond the ability to create an attractive drawing. In addition to mastering the standard repertoire of artists' techniques, successful scientific illustrators must be proficient in a host of techniques and methods unique to their field. View watercolor, graphite, and digital works by Northern California masters. 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 March at 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Raptor Dinosaurs: Bird-like Predators of the Mesozoic
A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Examine fossil casts and mechanical models with Academy educators to see what these amazing Cretaceous killers were really like, inside and out. 11 am-1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, MARCH 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 Women's 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, MARCH 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 Women's History Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Songs of the Sea
To the accompaniment of a fiddle, tin whistle, and guitar, Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz will perform a selection of sea shanties that describe the typical daily life of sailors in the days of wind-driven ships. 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

What's That Ant in my Kitchen?
You can participate in an exciting scientific project - the Bay Area Ant Survey. Learn how to collect and identify local ant species, then go collect! 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.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
What's That Ant In My Kitchen?
You can participate in an exciting scientific project - the Bay Area Ant Survey. Learn how to collect and identify local ant species, then go collect! 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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Children's Story Time

Children ages 3-7 are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will honor Women's History Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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

SATURDAY, MARCH 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 Women's History Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Skull Detectives
Dissect owl pellets, learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, and prepare your own specimens to take home. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 17 (ST. PATRICK'S DAY)
Things That Are Green
Plants aren't the only organisms that are green. A sampling of green specimens from each of the Academy's 10 research departments will be on display today. Stop by and learn why it isn't always easy being green. 1-3 pm & 6:30-8:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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, MARCH 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 Women's 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, MARCH 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 Women'sHistory Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Celtic Dance and Music
In celebration of St. Patrick' Day (March 17th), the musical trio Distant Oaks will perform Irish stepdances and songs. They will play traditional instruments, including the uillean bagpipes, the Celtic harp, and the bodhran hand-drum. 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chinese Stone Carving
Chinese artist Wang Lu Huan will carve miniature, lifelike sculptures of animals. He will demonstrate his techniques and unique style using pyrophyllite, a rare and valuable metamorphic rock found mainly in Inner Mongolia. 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, MARCH 20
California Mammals

Explore the diversity of California mammals. Touch pelts, examine skulls, and discover more about wild animals and their adaptations to life in diverse habitats. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

TUESDAY, MARCH 22
Lunch Break Lecture Series: Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean

Explore the life history of the seabirds and marine mammals of the Southern (Antarctic) Ocean, and learn about the extreme conditions of their environment. 12:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Venomous Fish

See preserved specimens of some of the world's most venomous fishes, and learn about their ecology and behavior. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000.

Raptor Dinosaurs: Bird-like Predators of the Mesozoic
A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Examine fossil casts and mechanical models with Academy educators to see what these amazing Cretaceous killers were really like, inside and out. 11 am-1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, MARCH 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 Women's History Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (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.

Coral Reef Caretaking
Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 1:30 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.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 26
Vanishing Vernal Pools
Meet a Tiger Salamander, and learn about the extraordinary survival of this species in California's vernal pool habitats. Handle live earthworms, learn to read the secret code of "wildflower rings," and find out why your help is needed to keep California's vernal pools from vanishing forever. 1 pm & 2:30 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. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27 (EASTER)
How do you Like your Eggs?

From hard-shelled to slimy, from green to speckled, eggs are a vital step in the life history of birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish and even mammals. Discover the incredible diversity of animal eggs at the Academy. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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California Endangered Wildlife
Meet a live California desert tortoise, and learn what this animal and other endangered species in California need to help them survive in our changing world. 1 pm and 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
Bird Beak Buffet

Learn about adaptations for feeding in birds by studying and comparing various bird specimens with the help of Academy naturalists. 11 am and 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

MARCH COURSES & LECTURES

MONDAY, MARCH 7
Catching Stardust from a Comet and Bringing it Home
Benjamin Dean lecture with Dr. Don Brownlee, University of Washington

In January 2004, the NASA Stardust spacecraft made a close flyby of comet Wild 2 and grabbed thousands of samples to bring back to Earth. The precious cargo is now speeding home for a January 2006 landing in the Utah desert. The dust and sand-sized particles collected from the comet are believed to be preserved samples of the actual solid building blocks that initiated the formation of the planets. Comet particles are of special interest because they are organic-rich, they have impacted Earth over its entire history and they may have played an important role in the origin of life. Dr. Brownlee is the Principal Investigator of the Stardust Project. Hear his take on what Stardust has found so far on March 7. 7:30 pm; $4; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, SF.

TUESDAY, MARCH 8
From Certainty to Complexity: The Evolution of Science
First seminar in a four-Tuesday series with John Dillon

Explore the history of science from the ancient Greeks to the present and discover how it began, how it changed, and what it is now. Suitable for adults and teens ages fifteen and up. Pre-registration required. Continues March 15, 22, and 29. Four Tuesdays: 7-9 pm; $40 members, $50 non-members. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

MONDAY, MARCH 14
African Penguin Studies: The Steinhart Aquarium Move
Lecture by Pamela Schaller, Aquatic Biologist, California Academy of Sciences

After living in Golden Gate Park for more than 20 years, Steinhart Aquarium's colony of African penguins was moved to Howard Street in June of 2004. Since African penguins are considered non-migratory and exhibit high mate-fidelity in the wild, the move represented a rare opportunity to observe and study the behavior of the penguins in their new environment. Pam Schaller, an aquatic biologist who has worked with the penguins for over 5 years, studied the colony before and after the move and shares the results of her findings, in addition to reviewing basic African penguin biology. 2 & 7:30 pm; $8; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Birding at Coyote Hills Regional Park
Field trip with Dan Murphy

Birdwatch the open waters, mudflats, marshes, and uplands of Coyote Hills Regional Park. Located at Fremont's bay shoreline, the scenic site provides a richly varied avian habitat, ideal for an array of waterfowl, shorebirds, and marshbirds. Suitable for adults and teens ages fifteen and up. Pre-registration required. 8:30 am-2 pm; $30 members, $40 non-members. Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont. (415) 379-8000.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20
Herpin' Safari

Come face-to-face with frogs, salamanders, turtles, and snakes at Golden Gate Park. Meet a whole cast of rescued reptiles and amphibians before setting out on a short hike to search for critters at the park's native oak woodland and Lily Pond. Suitable for families with children ages 4 and up. Pre-registration required. 10 am-1 pm; $20 adults & $15 children, members; $30 adults & $25 children, non-members. Golden Gate Park, SF. (415) 379-8000.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29
Spring Break Kayaking on the Bay
Field trip with Academy educator Amy Dean

Spend an exciting spring-break day kayaking with the kids on Richardson Bay, a protected finger of San Francisco Bay. Experience the wonders of some of the area's smallest and largest marine animals while sampling plankton, drifting with seabirds, and viewing seal haul outs. Suitable for families with children ages eight and up. No kayaking experience necessary; equipment provided. Pre-registration required. 9:30 am-1:30 pm; $70 adults & $40 children, members; $80 adults & $50 children, non-members. Schoonmaker Point, Sausalito. (415) 379-8000.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
Ants After-hours
Seminar with Academy scientist Kevin Clarke

Ants are everywhere, composing almost 10% of the animal biomass on Earth and enriching more soil than earthworms. Learn about these amazing insects during a special after-hours tour of the Academy's amazing ANTS exhibit and a behind-the-scenes visit of the Entomology Department. Suitable for adults and teens ages fifteen and up. Pre-registration required. 7-9:30 pm; $15 members, $25 non-members. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000.

The Greatest Good: A Centennial Celebration of the US Forest Service
Film Screening

From the timbered shores of the Pacific Northwest to the marble halls of Washington DC, the choices about how we use our rich natural heritage are filled with controversy. Whether it is the protection of endangered species or meeting the needs of a growing public, the fate of public lands is constantly challenged by the constraints of democracy. Though this film is a celebration of 100 years of service, it is also a critical examination of the forces that have shaped the Park Service through the years. The documentary consists of 4 half-hour segments, the first two of which will be shown in this screening, and brings together national organizations, renowned historians, political activists and major corporations to share their perspectives on one hundred years of conservation and the prospects for the future. 7:30 pm; $8; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000.

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, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 2 pm
Saturdays, March 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 Women's History Month. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WHAT'S THAT ANT IN MY KITCHEN?
Saturday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 9 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. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SKULL DETECTIVES
Saturday, March 12 from 1-3 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, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CELTIC DANCE AND MUSIC
Saturday, March 19 at 1 pm

In celebration of St. Patrick' Day (March 17th), the musical trio Distant Oaks will perform Irish stepdances and songs. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CALIFORNIA MAMMALS
Sunday, March 20 from 1-3 pm

Explore the diversity of California mammals. Touch pelts, examine skulls, and discover more about wild animals and their adaptations to life in diverse habitats. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Friday, March 25 at 1:30 pm

Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for and feed the reef's inhabitants. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

VANISHING VERNAL POOLS
Saturday, March 26 at 1 pm & 2:30 pm

Meet a Tiger Salamander, handle live earthworms, learn to read the secret code of "wildflower rings," and find out why your help is needed to keep California's vernal pools from vanishing forever. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

For a high resolution version of this image, email Stephanie at sstone@calacademy.org.

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS?
Sunday, March 27 (EASTER) from 1-3 pm

From hard-shelled to slimy, from green to speckled, eggs are a vital step in the life history of birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish and even mammals. Discover the incredible diversity of animal eggs at the Academy. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CALIFORNIA ENDANGERED WILDLIFE
Sunday, March 27 at 1 pm & 2:30 pm

Meet a live California desert tortoise, and learn what this animal and other endangered species in California need to help them survive in our changing world. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

BIRD BEAK BUFFET
Wednesday, March 30 at 11 am & 1 pm

Learn about adaptations for feeding in birds by studying and comparing various bird specimens with the help of Academy naturalists. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (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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