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The Beaver’s Tale
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Featured Speaker: Richard W. Coles, Ph.D., retired Professor and Director, Tyson Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis
The world’s second largest rodent, the beaver plays a pivotal role in the history of St. Louis and a keystone role in the ecology of North America. This widespread furbearer and famously busy ecosystem engineer is second only to humans in its ability to manipulate and change the landscape.
A National Geographic video depicts the beaver’s behavior as it creates habitats that support organisms from algae to moose; and biologist, Dr. Richard Coles, describes how the beaver tail, using a vascular radiator and a counter-current heat exchanger, is engineered to adapt its owner to environments from the Arctic to Mexico. It’s a fascinating look at an animal the American Indians called the “sacred center” of the land.
Location: Belleville East High School Performing Arts Center, 2555 West Boulevard, Belleville, IL 62221
Parking is FREE in school lot.
Refreshments provided at 8:30 p.m. following Q&A.
FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.NABT Biology Club Series co-sponsors: