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Nature Doubleheader to Close 'World of Science' Season

Fri, Apr 03, 2015 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

UI lecturer, environmentalist discusses local organisms; "Dynamic Earth" fulldome show follows 

Red-tailed hawkExplore the natural world, both local and global, at the Staerkel Planetarium on the season finale of its "World of Science" talks.

Local environmental author and University of Illinois lecturer Rob Kanter will discuss "Snappers, Dragons, Warblers and Foxes: Appreciating Biodiversity Close to Home" on Friday, April 3. His presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the planetarium dome. Admission is $1 at the door, with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free.

Many east central Illinoisans feel they can connect with the natural world only by traveling elsewhere. In this presentation of photos he has taken locally, Kanter invites people to think otherwise by calling attention to the some of the fascinating organisms that thrive in the human-dominated landscape of Champaign-Urbana.

Kanter writes and narrates "Environmental Almanac," a weekly program that runs as a column in the Sunday edition of the Champaign News-Gazette and as a radio commentary segment on WILL-AM 580 and other NPR affiliates in Illinois. He also teaches courses in environmental writing and issues at the University of Illinois in the School of Earth, Society, and Environment.

Following Kanter's talk, the planetarium will reveal the inner workings of Earth's climate system with its fulldome show, Dynamic Earth. For more information on planetarium programs, visit our website or call the show hotline at 217/351-2446. 
[Photo of red-tailed hawk by Rob Kanter]

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