When Darwin Day coincides with Valentines Day, how could the topic be anything other than Love and Sex in the Natural World.
Life only exists because it can reproduce – and living organisms have sure found some odd ways to do it! Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, this year the Crow Institute celebrates Darwin’s birthday with a guided tour of some of nature’s odder sexual strategies. Join us for the wild ride of evolution! Go here for UW Darwin Day details.
Thursday February 14
- 8am – 4pm: Teacher Workshop, led by Kristin Jenkins and UW-Madison faculty. Faculty presentations and demonstrations of hands-on activities. The cost for substitute teachers will be covered for participants. Lunch will be provided and participants will receive materials to take back to the classroom. Registration required; sign up here. Teacher Resources
- 7pm: Movie Night: Evolution Shorts: Love and Sex in the Natural World. Union South Marquee.
Friday February 15
- 7 pm: Keynote lecture by Kim Bostwick (Cornell University). Evolution Revealed: How to Evolve a Seductive Musical Instrument from Feathers. Location:H.F. DeLuca Forum
Saturday February 16
- 10am – 2pm: Tree of Life exploration stations and scavenger hunt. This activity is appropriate for all ages. Kids win prizes for completing the scavenger hunt. Location: Town Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
- 10:30 am: Lecture by Chris Smith (Willamette University): The most repulsive tree. The most remarkable fertilization system. H.F. DeLuca Forum
- 12:00 pm: Lecture by Matthew Dean (University of Southern California): Dolphin pelvic bones evolve in response to sexual selection. Location: H.F. DeLuca