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Camps Blog: Hello from the Head Outdoor Nerd

Welcome to the Sternberg Science Camps Blog! My name is David. I’m the Director and lead instructor for the Sternberg Science Camps. 

Let me tell you, in abbreviated fashion, how a pop-up book brought me to Kansas. 

When I was three years old, living in California, my uncle got me a pop-up book of dinosaurs. Now I work at a museum in Kansas. 

Oh… Too brief… 

So this pop-up book of dinosaurs also featured pop-up paleontologists! Little paper people digging up little paper dinosaurs. Apparently, digging up dinosaurs and showing them off to everyone was an actual job grownups do! At age 3, that sounded like the raddest way I could possibly spend my time. I quickly set to work practicing by digging up a small stick in the backyard, which I proudly proclaimed was a mammoth tusk. I carried the “tusk” around for quite some time, telling everyone I could about it. From kindergarten onward, I was *that kid* in all my classes. If I had my way, everything I did would somehow incorporate fossils and prehistoric creatures.  EVERYTHING. 

Along the way, I dabbled a bit in Boy Scouts and did a lot of camping with my family. Scouts was fine, but I was far more interested in looking for cool rocks and flipping logs for critters than building towers with poles and twine. (I definitely picked up a ton of useful skills in the Scouts, but the culture of it never really jived with me.) Then, one summer in high school, my parents got me signed up for a paleontology camp in Alberta, Canada. BOOM. BEST TWO WEEKS EVER. While on that camp, I got recruited as a counselor for a science camp program in Oregon. Three summers later (by then I was a junior in college at Oregon), I was leading that same paleontology camp with my own group of high school students. This was, next to that pop-up book, one of the most impactful experiences of my life. I loved teaching the students new skills. I loved talking to them about their interests and goals, and how they could work to achieve them. I loved helping them explore and learn and grow. This is what I needed to be doing, somehow. 

While I still had my sights set on being a professor or some such occupation eventually, these camp experiences – as a student, and as an instructor – stuck in my brain. An overall successful misadventure in graduate school later, and I landed here at the Sternberg, intent on establishing my own outdoor science education programs.

Education Director David Levering (far left) with his first group of high school paleontology camp students. (Summer 2006)

Education Director David Levering (far left) with his first group of high school paleontology camp students. (Summer 2006)

Four years later, and the Sternberg Camps are flourishing. I could not be more thrilled to be working with such bright, driven, inquisitive students each summer. I can’t wait to see what paths they take, and what discoveries and contributions they make along the way.

Thanks for reading! I’ll have a few new posts up soon. One, about the use of music as a sneaky team-building tool in outdoor education, and a guest post from camps intern and alumna Maggie Wolf, about her work this past fall curating field data from the high school biology camps.

Cheers,
David

Going over mapping skills with 2015 Sternberg Paleontology Camp students in Kansas.

Going over mapping skills with 2015 Sternberg Paleontology Camp students in Kansas.

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New Rat Species Described

New Rat Species Described; Paratype identified in Sternberg Mammal Collection

A new paper published in the Journal of Mammalogy describes a new species of big-eared climbing rat from Chiapas, Mexico. The new species, Ototylomys chiapensis Porter et al. 2017, the La Pera big-eared climbing rat, is characterized by a host of unique morphological and molecular characters. Based on these data, the specimens collected from 11 kilometers northwest of Berriozabál at Pazo de Petrόleo were identified as unique and different from the previously described Ototylomys phyllotis. The Sternberg specimen (FHSM 9092), which includes both skin and skull, was included in the species description (paratype) and currently is the only known individual collected outside of the type locality described above. This specimen, originally identified as O. phyllotis, was collected in 1970, 26 kilometers north of Ocozocoautla. It is suggested that this species could be critically endangered due to only two known localities and the reduction in the extent and quality of the habitat at or near these locations. The authors located this specimen in the Sternberg mammalogy collection by searching VertNet, a global database with which Sternberg shares its data in order to make the data more accessable and maximize the use of our invaluable collections. This is just one case of the value of scientific collections in our museum, as well as those around the world.

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Citation:

 

Porter, C.A., N.E. Beasley, N. Ordόñez-Garza, L.L. Lindsey, D.S. Rogers, N. Lewis-Rogers, J.W. Sites, Jr., and R.D Bradley. 2017. A new species of big-eared climbing rat, genus Ototylomys (Cricetidae: Tylomyinae), from Chiapas, Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 98 (5), pp. 1310-1329.

 

Curtis J. Schmidt

Zoological Collections Manager

 

Photograph of the paratype of the La Pera big-eared climbing rat (Ototylomys chiapensis Porter et al. 2017) housed in the Sternberg mammal collection.

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KAS – 2017

  April 7-8 2017

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Welcome to the 2017 KAS meeting at Fort Hays State University! We are proud to host the meeting this year and are excited to see you there!

Opening Dinner

This year the opening dinner will be held at Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History. The dinner will be Friday evening at 7:00pm.!

The museum is located at 3000 Sternberg Dr. in Hays.

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Meeting

Keynote Speakers – TBA

The meetings will be on the FHSU campus at Tomanek Hall.

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Abstracts

Let us know what you would like to present! Please submit your abstract using the button below .

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Registration

To register for the meeting and join us this year, just click on the button below and fill out the form.

Field Trips

We will be offering field trips throughout the afternoon on Friday. Choose your own adventure!  All of the field trips will end before the opening dinner.

4-6pm Collections tours of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

  • 4-5pm will be a zoology collections tour with Curtis Schmidt – Zoology Collections Manager
  • 5-6pm will be a tour of the paleontology collections with Dr. Laura Wilson – Curator of Paleontology and Assistant Professor of Geosciences.

2:30-4pm Bird watching at Cheyenne Bottoms

  • With Curtis Wolf – Manager of Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

3-5pm Water issues in Hays, Kansas

  • With Dr. Kenneth Neuhauser – Professor of Geosciences

11am-5pm Paleontology field trip to the historic Fish-Within-a-Fish site,

  • With Mike Everhart, Adjunct Curator of Paleontology at the Sternberg Museum.
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Darwin Day at the Sternberg Museum

FREE DAY at the Sternberg Museum! This Sunday February 12 from 1-5pm!

Join us at the Sternberg Museum for 5 family friendly topics: Natural Selection, Mutation, Migration, Sexual Selection, and Evolution. We will have examples and information at stations and presentations set up as well as games and activities!

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FREE Day! Darwin Day

FREE DAY at the Sternberg Museum! This Sunday February 12 for 1-5pm!

Join us at the Sternberg Museum for 5 different topics: Natural Selection, Mutation, Migration, Sexual Selection, and Evolution. We will have examples and information at stations and presentations set up as well as games and activities!

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Bee-lieve It Or Not!

Bee-lieve It or Not!

The Secret Lives of Honey Bees

January 28 – April 2, 2017

Exhibit highlights:

    • Learn what makes a honey bee a honey bee
    • Discover why pollination is important
    • Read about threats to honey bees
    • Play a video game and learn who is a pollinator
    • Uncover the differences between bees and wasps
    • Learn about honey and beeswax

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Beginning Beekeeping Classes

Print and fill out the registration form and bring it in to the museum or call today to pre-register! Registration will reserve your spot and classes are filling up fast so HURRY UP!

February 18 – 19 and 25 – 26, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$10.00 registration fee, $5.00 for Sternberg Museum Members

Course will be taught in two part intervals, parts 1 on Saturdays and part 2 on Sundays. You do not need to take each part in order – (example, if you can make Sunday Feb. 19, but not Saturday Feb. 18, you can participate in part 1 the following weekend).  The course will be held at the Sternberg Museum in the Engel Education Classroom on the 3rd floor.

The course is basic in nature, with a reasonable amount of details to get you a good understanding of getting started with keeping bees in central/western Kansas. 

We will discuss:

  1. Beekeeping tools and equipment
    2. Hive components
    3.  Locating your hives
    4.  Installing bees and inspecting their progress
    5.  Basic pest management
    6.  Progressing with the hive from late winter/early spring through fall
    7.  Hobby and business opportunities
    8.  Membership in State and local bee associations

We will not discuss:

  1. Top Bar Hive management
    2. Warre Hive management
    3.  Honey Flow Hive
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Sternberg Museum Membership

With Valentine’s Day coming up, what better way to show your love than with the gift of discovery! Give your loved ones a Sternberg Museum Membership.

Member Benefits

  • Free Sternberg admission for person(s) named on card
  • 10% discount in Excavations Gift Shop
  • Free admission to more than 350 museums and science centers worldwide
  • Subscription to The Pteranodon online newsletter
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • List of ASTC reciprocal museums
  • Priority reservations for events and programs
  • Discounts on Summer Camps and Other Programs
  • All cardholder benefits valid for 12 months
  • Dues tax-deductible to the extent of the law
  • Students and seniors receive additional discounts on selected membership levels

Rates effective: June 1, 2013

Individual – $35.00 (Seniors & Students: $25)

  • Regular benefits

Family – $65.00 (Seniors/Senior Couples: $55)

  • Regular benefits plus
  • Free museum admission for two adults and all children 17 or younger living in the same household or for two grandparents and their grandchildren 17 and younger.

Lifetime Family – $1000.00

  • Lifetime family level benefits

Sponsor’s Club – $125.00

  • Family level benefits plus
  • Free admission for two (2) guests each visit
  • Name listed on plaque near the museum entrance
  • Free admission to behind-the-scenes tours of museum collections

Curator’s Club – $275.00

  • Family level benefits plus
  • Free admission for four (4) guests each visit
  • Name listed on plaque near the museum entrance
  • Free admission to behind-the-scenes tours of museum collections

Director’s Club – $550.00

  • Family level benefits plus
  • Free admission for eight (8) guests each visit
  • Name listed on plaque near the museum entrance
  • Free admission to behind-the-scenes tours of museum collections

If you have additional questions, contact Brad Penka at bpenka@fhsu.edu or call 785-628-5569.

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Museum Game Night, February 24th 6-9pm

On Friday, February 24th, join us at the Museum from 6-9pm for our first Game Night!

We will have a variety of kid and family-friendly nature and science-oriented games up in the Museum for everyone to enjoy! We’ll have board games, contests, puzzles, and much more to get kids excited about fun with natural history.

Cost is $10 for Museum members, and $13 for non-members.

To join us, print and fill out the registration form below. You can also pick up a copy at the Museum front desk.

 

 

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Museum Member Newsletter

Hello there! For reasons we are still looking into, the link we sent out yesterday to the December members newsletter is redirecting to this page (what was our November 2016 newsletter).

Here is a link to the December 2016 members newsletter that definitely works. We hope you enjoy it, and we apologize for the inconvenience.