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UCD to show off museums, research collections Saturday

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A walking stick is fed a leaf at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It will be one of the insects that the public can see and hold on Biodiversity Day. Kathy Keatley Garvey/Courtesy photo

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From page A1 | February 06, 2014 |

Some of UC Davis’ most impressive research collections and museums will open their doors to the public Saturday for Biodiversity Museum Day.

The free, annual event will run from noon to 4 p.m. and this year will include the Center for Plant Diversity, the Botanical Conservatory, the Paleontology Collections, the Anthropology Collections, the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology and the Bohart Museum of Entomology.

Each museum collection documents the biodiversity and history of life in California and globally through plants, fossils, native cultures, insects or birds. All participating museums have active education and outreach programs, but the collections themselves are not always accessible to the public.

Biodiversity Museum Day showcases the collections and the curators’ favorite pieces, and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how research is conducted. Visitors are invited to spend time exploring displays, talking with scientists, and participating in student-led activities and crafts. The day also is a great time for members of the UCD community to explore these valuable university resources.

The museums are indoors and located on the main UC Davis campus. Parking is free on the weekend. A Biodiversity Museum Day map is available online at http://bohart.ucdavis.edu/pdfs/2014%20UC%20Davis%20Biodiversity%20Day%20Map.pdf.

— UC Davis News

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