- Sep 18 EnviroThursday - "Helping Forests Adapt to a Changing Climate"
- Sep 18 Visualities of Memory Symposium: Film "The Act of Killing"
- Sep 19 Visualities of Memory Symposium: Poster sessions and roundtable presentations/discussions
- Sep 26 Admissions Fall Sampler
- Sep 26 Inventory: New Paintings by Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin Opening Reception
- Oct 5 Chopin Society presents pianist Lukáš Vondráček
- Oct 9 International Roundtable
- Oct 10 Family Fest Weekend
- Oct 10 International Roundtable
- Oct 18 International Archaeology Day: "'Monuments Men (and Women):' Cultural Property in Conflict Today"
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