August 21: Archeology Dig
Learn how archeologists survey, excavate and restore archeological finds! Join us for an archeological ‘dig’ around the museum and a “pot restoration” workshop. Bring your own digging tools like garden trowels and hand hoes. Bilingual.
$8/child or $15 maximum/family. Reservations: 514-398-4094.
IMAGE: Poshuange potsherds from American southwest. Wikipedia Commons.
Nov. 6, 15h: Seahorses
Special presentation on Seahorse taxonomy and conservation. By Dr. Sara Lourie, Redpath Museum Associate and Honorary Curator.
PHOTO: Sara Lourie, a research associate at the Redpath Museum, examines specimens of new species of pygmy seahorse—the world's smallest known seahorse - in Indonesia.
Dr. Lourie is an active partner of Project Seahorse, an international collaboration of biologists, social workers, and other practitioners whose mission is to conserve seahorses and the habitats in which they live while respecting the needs of the humans who depend on them. Seahorses have been used for human purposes for centuries. During fieldwork for her doctoral thesis, Lourie learned that seahorses are common in remedies for respiratory and urinary ailments. They are tied to small fishing boats or hung on walls as good luck charms. Seahorses are also an alleged aphrodisiac. Like many other species, seahorses are in need of protection. However, seahorses are collected in very large numbers, and are declining in number around the world. This is partly because of direct capture for human use, but primarily because they end up as by-catch in commercial ships trawling for fish. This event launches the new book by Dr. Laurie: Seahorses: A Life-Size Guide to Every Species. Dr Lourie is a Research Associate for Project Seahorse and active both as a researcher and conservationist. Part of Ivy Press' natural history series that aims to combine high quality illustrations with content by established scientists, this publication provides 'an insight into the fascinating lives of these charismatic, magical underwater creatures, which will inspire you to care for them and their threatened ocean homes.'
FREE, everyone welcome. In English. No reservation required.