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February 10th, David Ledesma

Fossil reptiles and amphibians from the ice age

What is a fossil? Where can you find fossils? How can we use fossils to learn about the past? Take a dive into the ancient world and learn how we use dead things to understand life on earth.

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. The talk will be held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we request that visitors follow CDC and UT Austin-recommended guidelines to ensure the safety of all in attendance:

  • Before attending the event, take the CDC’s online Coronavirus Self-Checker to ensure you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, please get tested and stay home.
  • We highly recommend masking for all attendees.
  • At this time, we will not be providing food or drinks to reduce the need to remove masks, please plan accordingly.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least six feet between yourself and others, seating will be spaced appropriately.
  • Use the provided hand sanitizer and wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds) frequently.

For those who still prefer to attend virtually, we will be streaming the talk live on our YouTube channelPlease tune in here at 7pm CST. We ask for your patience in case of technological difficulties as we try out this new hybrid format. Feel free to post questions for the speaker in the comments and email with any issues.

Though we currently plan to have in-person presentations, we may be forced to return to an online zoom format at any time, including for inclement weather. **Please subscribe to our emailsour blogour YouTube channel, or our Facebook page for the most up-to-day event notifications.**

Here’s the schedule for this month’s event:

  • 6:00 pm: Kid’s activities and natural history displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory 
  • 6:15 pm-6:45 pm: Guided tour of the field lab (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!
  • 7:00 pm: Settle in, because the talk begins now!
  • 7:45 pm: Q&A with the speaker

First time visitor? Please read our pet policy & field station rules here, and find parking info and directions here. Please note that parking permit requirements are not enforced during our events. 

Recording of Legged and legless: the story of lizard evolution

Many thanks to everyone to came to Britt White’s awesome talk about lizards! In case you missed it, check out the recording of the presentation and Q&A. And check out our YouTube channel for recordings of our past virtual Science Under the Stars lectures!

Virtual SUTS! Legged and legless

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month, Britt White is going to talk all about the diversity of lizards we find in our world. Join us Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 pm CDT! See below for some fun lizard activities and a link to our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A will be held over Zoom–link below!

Lizard-y activities! Click the link above to learn all about lizards!

Make a Texas Horned Lizard! Click the link or the picture above for information about Texas’ awesome horned lizards and instructions on making your own!

Lizards and Friends: Learn more about lizards in this blog and e-newsletter ran by Dr. Michele Johnson, a lizard biologist at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the members of the Johnson Laboratory.

More lizard crafts and activities!

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, October 14th at 7:00pm CDT:

opic: Virtual SUTS! Legged and legless: the story of lizard evolution
Time: Oct 14, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 914 6853 8169

October 14th, Britt White

Legged and legless: the story of lizard evolution

Please note that for this event, both the lecture and Q&A will be live and recorded.

Have you ever wondered why some lizards are called anoles, skinks, or whiptails? Or have you never heard these names? We will dive into the basics of identifying local lizards, what lizards are, what they aren’t, and why researchers like me study them!

Science Under the Stars has gone virtual! This semester all SUTS activities will be online, but we encourage you to participate outdoors under the stars in your backyard! (If wifi allows for it, of course.) This month’s schedule is as follows:

  • October 13th: Links to the kids activities will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
  • October 14th, 7:00pm CDT: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker! Please note, you must have a Zoom account to access the talk. You can get a free account on Zoom’s website.

Zoom info:

Meeting ID: 914 6853 8169

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series based in Austin, Texas.