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Recording of Urban Mammals

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our last Science Under the Virtual Stars of the semester! In case you missed Briana Betke’s fascinating talk about Urban Mammals, check out the recording on our Youtube channel! We will be back in the fall with more great lectures, hopefully in person again at Brackenridge Field Lab. Have a wonderful summer, y’all! 

Virtual SUTS! Urban Mammals

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month, Briana Betke will be sharing cool information about the animals that live in and around Austin’s urban areas. Join us for the last SUTS of the spring semester on Thursday, May 13th at 7:00 pm CDT to learn all about urban mammals! Below is a PDF full of links to activities about raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and skunks (oh my!). We also have our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A will be held over Zoom–link below!

Urban Mammals: Click the link or the image above to access a PDF full of links to fun activities for all ages!

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, May 13th at 7:00pm CDT:

Topic: Virtual SUTS! Urban Mammals
Time: May 13, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 990 9380 7359

May 13th, Briana Betke

Urban Mammals

This is a stock photo of a young opossum (Didelphis virginiana), a common-urban dwelling mammal! Photo: Mikell Darling on Unsplash 

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

As human dominated areas continue to grow, natural wildlife habitat is fragmented. However, some wildlife species survive and even thrive in urban areas. Come join us to find out why some mammals may live well in cities while others do not! We will identify some common urban mammals and how they differ from their rural counterparts. Also, we will discuss what we can do to coexist with Austin’s urban-dwelling furry creatures! 

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:

  • May 6th: Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • May 13th, 7:00pm CDT: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker!

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

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?

Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake. Photo by Thom Marshall

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)

Black-necked Gartersnake. Photo by Thom Marshall

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, March 11th at 7:00 pm CST: