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Sam and the Firefly
The moon is up and Sam the Owl is ready to play, but when he pops out of his tree everyone else is asleep! What’s an owl to do? Come listen to this story of Sam and his friend Gus the Firefly as they light up the night sky. After the story, we will make our own fireflies to take home!
Moths, Mayflies, and Molecules: Using DNA to understand the insect-based diets of birds and fish
Brandon Hoenig is a biology PhD student at Duquesne University where he uses modern techniques to answer age-old questions in stream ecology. Brandon studies fish and birds at Powdermill Nature Reserve. He will talk to us about a DNA-based method to determine the diets of migratory songbirds and the brook, brown, and rainbow trout species found in the Laurel Highlands. After our chat, we’ll navigate the woods and streams at Powdermill in search of some of the insect species that both birds and fish rely on for nutrients.
Fireflies, moths, beetles, and more come out at night! Come hear Andrea Kautz, Powdermill’s Research Entomologist, talk about some of the insects we see at night. After a short presentation, we will head outside in search of these evening fliers.
Please note the time change of 8:30 – 10 pm so that we can observe in the dark.