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 channel. Please 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 email@example.com 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 emails, our blog, our 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 Snakes of Central Texas
Thank you everyone who came to our last presentation to hear Thom Marshall tell us all about the cool snakes you can find in Central Texas! In case you missed the live event, or want to listen again, click here or the image above for the recording of the lecture and Q&A. And check out our YouTube channel for recordings of our past virtual Science Under the Stars lectures!
Virtual SUTS! Snakes of Central Texas
Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month we’ll be learning all about the snakes of Central Texas. Below is a list of activities all dealing with snakes. You’ll learn about their biology, ecology, and that they’re not so scary! We also have our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A with Thom Marshall will be held on March 11th at 7:00 pm CST. The Zoom webinar link is at the end of this post.
Make a snake! What can you find in the house to make a snake?
Once your snake is made take turns to hide and find the snake(s)
S-s-s-snakes alive! Can you identify all the body parts of your snake? Which ones are venomous?
Can you identify the snake? Snake Identification Quiz #1 & Snake Identification Quiz #2
Snakes and Ladders with Ecology: More advanced game, so best for kids 10+ and adults
Online Game: Snakes and Ladders. Improve counting and adding
Online Game: Snakes! The game. Improve use of computer keyboard. Try with your left and right hand
Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)
Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, March 11th at 7:00 pm CST: https://zoom.us/j/96004227540
March 11th, Thom Marshall
Snakes of Central Texas
Please note that for this event, both the lecture and Q&A will be live.
Have you always wondered what kind of snakes you see in your backyard or at the greenbelt? Join us for a discussion about the snakes of Central Texas! We’ll discuss basic facts about snakes, the important roles they play in ecosystems, as well as how to identify common snakes in our area.
We are excited to partner with the Texas Science Festival for this month’s Science Under the Stars virtual lecture! Check out the Texas Science Festival’s website for a ton of other awesome FREE lectures and activities for all ages!
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:
- March 4th: Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
- March 11th, 7:00pm CST: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker!
Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series based in Austin, Texas.
Spring Neighborhood Science at Howson Branch Library
Science Under the Stars has expanded to include the Austin Public Library! At Neighborhood Science, previous SUTS speakers will present at different library branches around the city a couple times a month. Below are the dates and descriptions for this fall at the Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin, TX 78703. All talks begin at 7:30pm. **These talks will be held outdoors, so bring a chair and dress accordingly! Talks will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather.