Live Captioning Information

  1. Throughout Darwin Day 2020, live captioning will be provided for all programs, with the exception of videos and movies.
  2. ASL interpreters are available upon request, please contact accessibility@naturalsciences.org at least 36 hours prior to the start of the program.
  3. Spanish captioning will be available on the NCMNS YouTube channel for all archived Darwin Day 2020 programs.

Friday

Waves meet the living bulwark on the leeward (western) side of South Keeling atoll

In this presentation, Alistair Sponsel shows how Charles Darwin's innovative research on submarine animals and plants reshaped his understanding of geography and spurred his most significant theories.

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An Ordovician underwater scene with squid and seaweed

The Late Ordovician mass extinction is the second largest extinction in the history of life and occurred during a time before life had successfully moved onto land. This talk will discuss what life was like in these Ordovician oceans, and also how this mass extinction affected the biosphere.

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A horseshoe crab specimen

As humble as it may be, the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab is an incredibly important species to the ecosystem and even your health! Join the scientists at Kepley BioSystems to learn more about this incredible creature and its contribution to modern medicine.

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An almaco jack being held out of the water with blue sky

This program will discuss several finfish species that all reside in North Carolina's waters but make their living in very different ways.

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Three lampreys on the bottom of a creek

The Least Brook Lamprey is one of our least-known native fish, with a most interesting lifestyle. Learn about this unusual fish that lives in the backyard of our presenter and maybe in your backyard too!

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A keeper holding a baby alligator while another keeper looks on.

The animal keepers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences care for thousands of fish, reptiles, amphibians, bugs and more! Join us at a keeper-hosted panel conversation and Q&A about animal care and conservation, daily keeper lives, and what led them to choose this career path!

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A school of beautifully colored fish

Hidden Rivers is a 1-hour film that explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. Join us to watch the film and join a Q&A session afterwards with the film's director and the biologists featured in the film.

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Saturday

A scuba diver with a blue glove

Dive into our Changing Oceans exhibit with marine biologist and unit curator Dr. Molly Ashur! Learn about ocean ecology, crazy underwater environments, and the unique evolutionary adaptations that can only be found below the surface.

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An old drawing of a supposed sea snake

In the 1840s, a German doctor toured the USA and Europe with a sea snake from Alabama. A real sea snake? Well, not quite.

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Photo of a ray with a sketch of it below

Grab a pencil and some paper and see if you can sketch along with us! Museum educators will describe an aquatic animal (living, extinct, or made up) and have you draw along! Can you guess what we are describing? How close will your sketch get to the real thing?

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Pupfish closeup

This presentation highlights the history of one of the most endangered fishes on the planet — the Devils Hole pupfish. It will also detail current efforts and successes in recovery of the species.

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A man holding a big fish

Learn details about the management of freshwater fisheries in the United States, and see an example of a management issue: aquatic invasive species.

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A fish out of the water on a net

Join fisheries biologists for a virtual field trip to Lake Waccamaw in the search for a rare fish, the Broadtail Madtom. Learn about why Lake Waccamaw is home to species found nowhere else and see scientists in action sample their "Madtom Motels" at the lake.

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Colorful paper fish made with origami

In this origami workshop, we'll be learning some designs for our theme Darwin Day animal: fish! Gather some square pieces of paper and join us for some paper folding fun.

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Gabriela Hogue holding a sawfish's saw.

Join us as we tour the treasures found within the Museum's research collection of fishes.

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A sketch of the Atlantic, a wolf and a fish for Atlantic Wolffish

Come join us for Fantastic Fishes Guess-a-sketch! This fun activity challenges you and your family to predict the unique fishes our artists draw! The quickest to guess gets bragging rights, and everyone wins with the new knowledge they'll gain about everything we draw!

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