SNR Outreach Seminars - Fall 2012

Wildlife Encounters

Speaker: Various Nature Guides

, Wildlife Encounters

Date: 9/25/2012
Time: 5:00:00 PM
Location: Hardin Hall


As part of the Morrill Act Celebration, Wildlife Encounters will be doing two shows with opportunities to view wildlife up close and personal. Shows are at 6 pm and 7 pm with displays and activities in the lobby beginning at 5 pm. The UNL Dairy Store will be on hand selling supper beginning at 5 pm.
A student in UNL's Wildlife Club gets into a friendly pushing match with a visiting red kangaroo, a full-grown male, during a visit from Wildlife Encounters last year.
A student in UNL's Wildlife Club gets into a friendly pushing match with a visiting red kangaroo, a full-grown male, during a visit from Wildlife Encounters last year.

Tracking the 2012 Drought: Nebraska and Beyond

Speaker: Michael Hayes

Director, National Drought Mitigation Center

Other Speaker(s): Mark Svoboda, Kelly Helm Smith

Date: 10/2/2012
Time: 7:00:00 PM
Location: Hardin Hall Auditorium


Mike Hayes, Mark Svoboda, Kelly Smith from the National Drought Mitigation Center will lead a panel discussion about the evolution of the current drought and how citizens can be involved as observers. Audience questions will also be answered.
Michael Hayes
Michael Hayes

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Michael Hayes became the director of the National Drought Mitigation Center in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on August 1, 2007. He has been with the NDMC since its creation in 1995, starting as an assistant professor/climate impacts specialist. In 2003, he became an associate professor, and in 2006, he was named associate director of the NDMC.

In his time at the NDMC, Dr. Hayes’s research has centered on drought monitoring, impact assesment, and planning methodologies, and he has assisted local, state, tribal, and federal officials with drought planning and mitigation. Hayes has also helped organize and conduct drought workshops and conferences in the United States and around the world. He is the author or coauthor of more than 50 articles, book and technical report chapters, and conference proceedings.

Phone: 402-472-4271


The Biodiversity of the Nebraska within the Great Plains

Speaker: Paul Johnsgard

Foundation Regents Professor Emeritus, School of Biological Sciences | UNL

Other Speaker(s): Mary Bomberger Brown

Date: 10/30/2012
Time: 6:00:00 PM
Location: 107 Hardin Hall


The wetlands of Nebraska are especially notable because, not only do they comprise a greater percentage of the state's land mass than is true of any of the six surrounding states, but of the great ecological diversity they present. The variety of wetland types in the state supports a remarkable abundance and range of wetland plants and animals, in some cases species that are regionally or nationally rare, and even endangered. The greatest number and acreage of wetlands in the state are associated with the Nebraska Sandhills, which depend directly on the Ogallala aquifer, but the highly alkaline wetlands in western Nebraska and in the vicinity of Lincoln support some of the state's most specialized and rarest species of both plants and animals.

The Great Plains of North America represents one of the most biogeographically diverse regions of the entire continent. Nebraska lies at the heart of this diversity; one area that well illustrates this is southwestern Nebraska. The diversity of habitats, lakes, rivers, and grasslands, has led to an unusually high number of bird species being found in the area. This area has probably the highest bird species diversity of any comparablysized area in the Great Plains north of Texas. The central Platte River with the adjacent Rainwater Basins supports one of the most magnificent, and critically important, bird migratory stopover areas in the Great Plains.

Paul Johnsgard author of Wetlands of Nebraska and Mary Bomberger Brown author of Birds of Southwest Nebraska will do a meet and greet with the public at 6 pm followed by a presentation at 7 pm. A book signing will follow the presentation.

The books will be available for purchase in the Nebraska Maps & More Store.

At 6:30 pm birds from Pioneer's Park Nature Center will be available for viewing.

Paul Johnsgard (top) and Mary Bomberger Brown
Paul Johnsgard (top) and Mary Bomberger Brown


Speaker: Various Nature Guides


Date: 11/4/2012
Time: 1:30:00 PM
Location: Morrill Hall | 14th and Vine Streets


Co-sponsored by the University State Museum, this family event will provide hands-on learning activities and exhibits that will help visitors better understand Nebraska's natural resources.
Snakes ALIVE!
Snakes ALIVE!