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Ecological Literacy Volunteer Day

Saturday, March 26th, 2016 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
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  • Help maintain Hornsby Bend! Did you know that all the Hornsby Bend trails, habitat gardens, and kiosks were built and are maintained by volunteers? If you enjoy birding or walking along the Colorado River here, please join us in maintaining these amenities and supporting public access at Hornsby Bend.

    • Wear work clothes [long pants], hat for shade, and sturdy shoes; bring water and binoculars if interested in birds.

  • NOON POTLUCK LUNCH AND More ECOLOGICAL LEARNING - Bring food for our potluck lunch at NOON and learn more at a presentation on ecology or geography during lunch.

  • March Potluck Presentation – The Study of Nature: Natural History and the Creation of Nature by Kevin M. Anderson

  • Natural history involves careful observation, description, and classification of the nonhuman world. The practice of Western natural history traces back to Aristotle and ancient Arabic accounts of the physical universe and Pliny the Elder’s great 1st century encyclopedia of life Naturalis Historia. However, it was not until the 16th century that natural history blossomed into a discipline which we begin to recognize as “scientific” practice. This new natural history formed the foundation of modern biology emerging out of the taxonomy of Linnaeus and the biogeography of Von Humboldt in the 19th century. Moreover, the 16th century blossoming was two-fold, both scientific and artistic. The naturalist/artist presented images of the new world of nature being discovered as explorers traveled to new lands and literary natural histories were written exploring and inventing the study of local ecology. This imaginative reproduction of nature shaped ways of perceiving nature that still influence our understanding of nature today. In this March CER Lunchtime Lecture, we will trace the path from Aristotle to Von Humboldt that leads to the creation our modern idea of nature

Wear work clothes [long pants], hat for shade, and sturdy shoes; bring water and binoculars if interested in birds.
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Location: Meet at the Center for Environmental Research, 2210 South FM 973, Austin, TX 78725, United States