‘Alien Invaders: Invasive Species that Threaten Nebraska’s Good Life’ is the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall’s July Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families. Visitors can participate in a variety of crafts and hands-on activities related to invasive species. The Museum is partnering with the Nebraska Invasive Species Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to present the program July 17 from 1:30-4:30pm at Morrill Hall.
Invasive species are non-native species that threaten Nebraska’s native species and natural resources. Approximately 42% of threatened and endangered species are at risk primarily due to invasive species. Prevention of the spread of these species is key to protecting our native species and resources. The Nebraska Invasive Species Program is a grant funded program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that works with resource agencies and other organizations that conduct invasive species management and research in Nebraska. The program works to educate the public on these “alien invaders” and provide information on how to prevent their introduction and spread. The event will present specimen of invasive species of concern to Nebraska’s natural resources. Visit the program website at: www.neinvasives.com.
Presenters will lead visitors in a variety of hands-on projects including creating Emerald Ash Borers and Asian Long Horned Beetles. Visitors will also challenge their knowledge at the Invasive Species Question Wheel. Children and families will also be able to examine various specimens and learn more about the invasive species that are of concern in Nebraska.
Activities will be led by the following:
- Allison Zach, Nebraska Invasive Species Program Coordinator
- Sarah Rothchild, Nebraska Invasive Species Program Technician
- Mary Gordon, Master Naturalist
- Patty Allen, Lincoln Public Schools Teacher