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Shed Science: Six stories behind animal names

Shed Science: Six stories behind animal names

What’s in a name? Quite a lot actually! I tell the stories behind six of the most interesting animal species names from the misconceptions around apes and mo…

Animal Collective – Rosie Oh from Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz Radio (http://radio.myanimalhome.net) Video by Abby Portner Centipede Hz is out now on Dom…
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Mike Brotherton at Saturday U: Science in the Movies

Mike Brotherton, University of Wyoming Associate Professor of Astronomy, speaks about science in movies at the Summer 2011 Saturday University event in Jackson, Wyoming. Does it matter if Hollywood gets the science right in movies? Entertainment informs opinions about science and scientists, and is stealth education for better or worse. Good science is rare in the movies, but perhaps even bad science offers teachable moments. In this talk, he illustrates examples of good and bad science in cinema. Saturday U is free and open to the public. For more details, or to register for college credit or Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) credit, call Susan Thulin, CWC outreach coordinator, (307) 733-7425. In its second year, Saturday U is a collaborative program that connects popular UW professors with life-long learners in Jackson Hole. Offered three times a year, Saturday U is sponsored by the university, the UW Foundation and Wyoming Humanities Council and presented by Central Wyoming College (CWC), the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Teton County Library Foundation. For more information about Saturday U, visit the website at www.uwyo.edu or contact Teton County Library Adult Humanities Coordinator Oona Doherty at 733-2164 ext. 135 or email odoherty@tclib.org . Video by UW Television, Outreach Technology Services Camera/Editor: Ali Grossman Copyright 2011 UW Television
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From soaring eagles to tiny hummingbirds growing up in a nest we humans have marvelled at the design and beauty of these feathered creatures. Filmmaker Leon Lorenz has captured rare and exciting footage of birds and you are invited to experience it as well. A true call of the wild is the drumming of a male ruffed grouse which attracts a mate and a hungry coyote. A mother white-tailed ptarmigan with new born chicks allows Leon with his camera to approach within 24 inches, but a protective northern goshawk will dive-bomb him because of her nest nearby. A bald eagle attacking geese or drowning a duck- it’s all in a days work! Robins attacking an owl, ospreys fishing, golden eagles hunting and other birds of prey in action are all filmed for your enjoyment. Many species of birds that have young in nest include the American dipper, bald eagle, eastern kingbird and cedar waxwing. Dr. Edgar T. Jones of Edmonton, Alberta has been banding birds since 1940. He uses nets to capture many species including the northern saw-whet owl and sharp shinned hawk. He shares a wealth of knowledge on this subject. Mark Williams, president of the Falconry Association of Alberta sheds light on this ancient sport and his peregrine-gyrfalcon cross takes a duck at high speed. Let’s all be good stewards of our planet so we can enjoy our feathered friends for all times.