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Activities and Events

Hang out with people who love nature and discovery as much as you do! These activities and events are also opportunities to learn how you can contribute to different citizen science projects throughout the Los Angeles area.

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Open Daily 9:30 am-5:00 pm
(213) 763-DINO
 

Nature Gardens

CITIZEN SCIENCE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS IN LOS ANGELES

Citizen Science and Cocktails: BioSCAN
October 2: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
BioSCAN (Biodiversity Science: City and Nature) is a multi-year study of urbanization’s effect on biodiversity. Using techniques pioneered in tropical research, this project focusses on the insect community, and is revealing new species and new patterns of diversity in L.A.’s complex environment. Dr. Brian Brown will discuss some early discoveries from this project, as well as some of his collaborative research abroad. Come learn how BioSCAN’s partnership with L.A. residents is helping us better understand our beautiful city!

5 pm - Cocktail reception (cash bar)
6 pm - Lecture begins

This is a FREE program, but an RSVP is required.

Citizen Science and Cocktails: ZomBee Watch
October 23: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Concern about threats to honey bees and other pollinators is mounting. In the U.S. hive failure rates are increasing as honey bees deal with introduced mites, diseases, pesticides and other stressors. Recently a new threat to honey bees the parasitic phorid fly Apocephalus borealis (AKA the Zombie Fly) was discovered in San Francisco. Bees infected by the fly (Zombees) show disoriented zombie-like behavior leaving their hive at night to die under nearby lights. San Francisco State Unviersity's John Hafernik will discuss the implications of zombie fly parasitism for honey bees in California and beyond. He will also provide information on how the public can get involved in tracking prevalence of parasitism across North America through the citizen science project ZomBee Watch.

5 pm - Cocktail reception (cash bar)
6 pm - Lecture begins

This is a FREE program, but an RSVP is required.

CITIZEN SCIENCE WORKSHOPS at LA Makerspace
Monthly - Second Sunday of Every Month: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
A monthly series of workshops where researchers, teachers, and students can meet to collaborate on projects as well as develop new research which can be conducted in the classroom.