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December 9th, Julia York

Why birds are (figuratively) cooler than you

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

Birds are dinosaurs and everyone should be talking about it. If you think about it, dinosaurs are around us all the time yet we don’t often take time to appreciate that fact. Birds are found on every continent, every ocean, every city; they can fly very high, very far, and for long periods of time. Join us at the final Science Under the Stars of 2021 to talk about the evolutionary history of birds, how they breathe and why that matters, fun and interesting bird species, and perhaps even a few new facts about the disdained grackles.

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:

  • December 8th: Links to the kids activities will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
  • December 9th, 7:00pm CST: 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: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/99210676268

Meeting ID: 992 1067 6268

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

Virtual SUTS! The world beneath your feet: a salamander’s perspective

Please note change of date!

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! Join us this month when we’ll hear from Ruben Tovar share fun facts and information all about salamanders! Log on tomorrow, Thursday, November 18th at 7:00 pm CST! Below is a PDF full of links to activities for kids of all ages about salamanders, a coloring page of salamanders designed by UT Austin’s very own Britt White (who spoke at October’s SUTS) 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!

Salamander Activities! Click the link or the image above for a list of fun activities and games for all ages!

Salamander coloring page designed by our very own Britt White!

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Eurycea latitans salamanders, Photo by Tom Devitt

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, November 18th at 7:00pm CST:

Topic: Virtual SUTS! The world beneath your feet: a salamander’s perspective
Time: Nov 18, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/99900698815

Meeting ID: 999 0069 8815

November 18th, Ruben Tovar

The world beneath your feet: a salamander’s perspective

**Please note date change!**

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

Living in caves can be difficult for animals. Without light and little prey, it’s easy to wonder: how do cave-adapted animals survive and thrive in such extreme habitats? Join us as we dive into the dark depths of Texas’s aquifers to explore the diverse salamanders that live under our feet. Using cutting edge techniques, we will learn how differences in Eurycea salamander development might lead to the evolution of bizarre cave characteristics, like small eyes, flattened heads, and longer limbs, and how these subterranean aliens offer a window into the health of Texas aquifer ecosystems.

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:

  • November 10th: Links to the kids activities will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
  • November 18th, 7:00pm CST: 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: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/99900698815

Meeting ID: 999 0069 8815

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

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)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91468538169

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: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91468538169

Meeting ID: 914 6853 8169

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