Field Trips and Events

Naturalist Lecture Series

January 07, 2014 - May 06, 2014
Noon-1:00 pm

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS  39202-1353


The Museum offers lectures addressing a variety of natural science subjects. Unless noted otherwise, the lectures take place from noon to 1:00 pm in the Museum's Rotwein Theater. Lectures are free to Museum Foundation members; regular admission applies to visitors.


January 7, 2014

TITLE:  Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Efforts
SPEAKER:  James R. Lee, Biologist, The Nature Conservancy
SUMMARY:  Learn how the Mississippi Chapter of the Nature Conservancy is helping rare reptiles and amphibians at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center and elsewhere in the state.


February 4, 2014

TITLE:  Healthy Gulf Ecosystems Support Healthy Gulf Economics
SPEAKER:  Tom Mohrman, Marine Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy
SUMMARY:  Recent natural and man-made disasters have placed much attention on the health of the Gulf of Mexico.  We will explore some of the major habitats of the Gulf and their importance as natural systems and economic drivers.  Additionally, we will explore some techniques that are being used to improve coastal habitats in Mississippi.


March 4, 2014

TITLE:  Preserving the Pascagoula- Habitats and History
SPEAKER:  Becky Stowe, Terrestrial Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy
SUMMARY:  Learn more about this iconic waterway, what makes it important and the story behind its protection.  We will share not only the natural history of the rivers’ diverse habitats and plant and animal residents but also lead you through a journey of human use and occupation.  Becky will share some of her own family’s generations’ of ties to the waterways.


April 1, 2014

TITLE:  Celebrating 25 Years of The Conservancy in Mississippi
SPEAKER:  Alex Littlejohn, Associate State Director, The Nature Conservancy
SUMMARY:  A look into the Conservancy’s 25-year history in Mississippi and its impacts to the conservation and the natural resources of Mississippi.


May 6, 2014

TITLE: Understanding Streams
SPEAKER:  Brad Maurer, Restoration Engineer, The Nature Conservancy; Brad has 20 years of experience in stream morphology, restoration, flood modeling, and storm water issues.
SUMMARY:  What is a “natural stream”? Why are so many of our urban streams degraded or lined with rip rap? What would it take to make function naturally? Find out the answers to these questions and get a general understanding of streams in understandable laymen’s terms.

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