- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Robert Blanchette on "Tombs, sunken ships and historic huts: studying ancient wood reveals secrets from the past"
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
Each year hundreds of laypeople and scientists use sonar detectors, bug lights, live traps, and laptops to count and chronicle an area’s flora and fauna. This year the event—dubbed Minnesota BioBlitz—was held at Macalester’s Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area in Inver Grove Heights.
The biodiversity of our own backyards is amazing, according to biology professor and Ordway director Jerald Dosch: “At Ordway you can see everything from native mussels to wild turkeys and prairie plants to diverse forests.”
For 24 hours—from 5 p.m., June 10 to 5 p.m., June 11—volunteers of all ages worked alongside biologists to collect plants and insects and live-trap animals, which were then identified before being released back into the wild. Part contest, part festival, part scientific endeavor, BioBlitz’s goal is to count as many species of plants, animals, and fungi as possible in a particular area within a 24-hour period. But BioBlitz is also designed to increase the public’s awareness of the variety of life in their immediate neighborhood.
Past BioBlitz sites have included Crosby Farm Park in St. Paul and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington. The 2011 Minnesota BioBlitz was co-sponsored by Macalester, the U of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and the Mississippi River Fund