Sites and Wonders
Here's a cool opportunity to see and learn about the amazing Atlantic Sturgeon in the James River! On the evenings of September 4 and September 16, join Dr. Matt Balazik, Sturgeon Biologist with the VCU Rice Center for the Sturgeon of the James River Tour.
There has been a LOT of commotion over these mysterious sporadic insects. The cicada emergence of 2013 has certainly caught the attention of a lot of people on the East Coast. As the southern states wrap up their cicada invasion, the northern portions of the country begin their turn! Here’s a recap of what happened in the Virginia area and tons of awesome footage provided courtesy of Mr. Roger Harris, ecologist and environmental scientist. So what's all this cicada business about anyway?
The term “supermoon” was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle over 30 years ago but is only now coming into popular usage. Nolle defined a “supermoon” as a new or full moon which occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. The first Supermoon of 2013 will be on the night of May 24-25.
Anyone can take part in a citizen science project that will contribute to our knowledge of periodical cicadas by submitting observations of cicada sightings to the Magicicada Mapping Project, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Equipped with accurate maps of periodical cicada emergences, scientists are better able to unlock the mysteries of the cicada.
Susan and Rick Mudd and their children Paige, David and Sam recently raised the roof at the Science Museum of Virginia. Literally. They raised AND collapsed the roof of a wooden dome while they learned all about buildings - inside and out. “Raise the Roof” is more than an exhibit.
The James River runs through it... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat. Did you know that we have an incredible conservation success story to tell? Thirty years ago there were no bald eagles on the James River. Today, over 180 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River home. And the James River is now considered to have the best bald eagle comeback in the entire North American continent!
Want to be part of the Engineering Excitement this weekend? Sunday, February 10th from noon to 5:00 p.m., hundreds of middle and high school students will converge on the Science Museum of Virginia to compete in the Egg Drop and Bridge Building Competitions.