Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fall Bird Migration Talk

by Ja'Qualen Cameron

We are approaching autumn soon and you know what that means? The Fall Bird Migration will happen soon so come join us on September 11, 2017 for an interactive bird discussion with Melanie Furr from the Atlanta Audubon Society.

This is an excellent time to learn about the factors that effect migration, how to track migration, and making the most out of the bird migration. Many birds including neo-tropical songbirds, kinglets, and yellow bellied sapsuckers will migrate from North America as far south as Peru in South America.

 
Please visit Atlanta Audubon Society if you want to check out more information regarding their efforts to help birds and birding in the greater Atlanta area. One program that the Atlanta Audubon Society promotes is "Lights Out" - an endeavor designed to influence more people in the Atlanta area to recognize the effect that light and buildings have upon bird survival. The program is designed to help reduce the bird deaths caused by building collision.
 



According to the Atlanta Audubon Society:
Lights Out Atlanta is a new program of Atlanta Audubon Society designed to help reduce bird deaths caused by building collisions. Each year, an estimated 350 million to 1 billion birds die in the United States after colliding with buildings. The problem is particularly bad during spring and fall migration.
 
Lights Out Atlanta is a voluntary program encouraging building owners and residential homeowners to turn off or reduce lighting from midnight to dawn during the peak bird migration periods.  Participants pledge to reduce non-essential lighting during peak migration periods of March 15 to May 31 (spring) and August 15 to November 15 (fall). The goal is to create a safe path through Atlanta for migrating birds and to make the City in the Trees a Bird Friendly Community.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse day!!!

In case you are trying to figure out how much of the sun will be 'hidden' in your location, here is a handy web link that gives specific details.

Remember to be safe in your viewing!

 

Eclipse phenomena - from www.greatamericaneclipse.com

From begin to end, the eclipse lasts nearly three hours (including the partial stages) if you are within the narrow path of totality. 
 
There are two general rules for safely viewing solar eclipses:
  1. When any part of the Sun is visible, do not look at the Sun without approved solar filters that are used properly. Do not assume that sunglasses, exposed film, CDs, or any other ad hoc filter is safe. Only use approved solar filters such as eclipse glasses from a reputable source. Failure to heed this rule may result in permanent eye damage.
  2. During the two minutes of the total solar eclipse, it is indeed safe to look directly at the Sun's corona with your eyes and through binoculars. But when totality ends and it suddenly brightens, instantly turn your eyes away and put your eclipse glasses or filters back on immediately.
More on safely viewing eclipses: http://www.mreclipse.com/Totality2/TotalityCh11.html and http://www.nao.ac.jp/E/file/solar_eclipse_viewing_guide-v1.pdf

Monday, August 14, 2017

Solar Eclipse talk 8/14 @ 6:45 pm

Hope to see you at Gallery Row tonight to hear Ben Jenkins share his expertise regarding the total solar eclipse happening next Monday!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lake Sturgeon talk

Dr. Genz shared her experience working with the lake sturgeon to a very interested audience at Gallery Row last Monday. We learned about growth and optimum temperatures through hearing about Janet's current research.



Dr. Genz and audience during Sturgeon talk

Janet answering questions about water temperatures and sturgeon growth

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

August Eclipse

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August Science Café, August 14

On August 21, North America will be experiencing a total solar eclipse. The Wolf Science Café will be hosting Ben Jenkins who will share information about what the University of West Georgia is doing to celebrate this event, and how the community can best experience the eclipse.  

If you are interested in learning more about the eclipse, check out "Best Places to view" the 2017 eclipse,  or the NASA Information Page.


To learn more about what UWG College of Science and Mathematics is doing for this monumental event, please check out their webpage.

Survival secrets of an ancient fish

July Café on Aquaculture, July 24

Come join your fellow science enthusiasts for a enlightening talk on the limits of life for sturgeon by Dr. Janet Genz, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of West Georgia. If you want to get a head-start, check out the Georgia Department of Natural Resources overview of sturgeon reintroduction to the Coosa River.

For the past 6 years, Dr. Genz has been conducting research on the lake sturgeon and the parameters for survival. This fish has been around for millennia, but is facing peril due to dam construction resulting in habitat loss. Sturgeon have a life span of over 100 years and geographical range throughout North America. Click here to learn more about what Dr. Genz is currently working on.

Monday, July 3, 2017

What is the Wolf Science Cafe?

Through a joint effort between faculty in the College of Education and the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of West Georgia, an exciting array of topics have been planned for the upcoming year. We hope you will join us to learn more about astronomy, climate change, geology of Georgia, birding, the science of gardening, and many more topics that are sure to be of interest to both adults and children.

We hope to see you at Gallery Row Coffee House, Adamson Square, on the second Monday of every month between 6:45 p.m. -8:00 p.m. to enjoy the company of fellow science enthusiasts, coffee and tea drinkers, and those looking to simply support the local economy. Please contact Dr. Stacey Britton (Stacey.britton@gmail.com) for any questions you may have, interest in being a presenter, or to register in advance for an upcoming event.

The goal of the Wolf Science Café is to provide a platform for sharing current issues in science and to introduce ways that members of Carrollton and the surrounding communities can be better informed. At each event a scientist will talk about their work for a brief period and then questions/discussion are encouraged between the community and the presenter.

*The ideas and topics shared during these café talks do not represent the University of West Georgia.