Horse around with H. Alan Day and wild mustangs April 30

On April 30 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, cattle rancher, cowboy, and author H. Alan Day will tell the story of establishing a sanctuary in South Dakota for unadoptable wild horses previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. After Day successfully lobbied Congress, those acres became Mustang Meadows Ranch, the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the U.S. His entertaining presentation will include the challenges of balancing the requirements of the government with the needs of the 1,500 wild horses and the land itself, and give an update on the sanctuary today. A book signing of The Horse Lover will follow the lecture. Books will be presigned by Sandra Day O’Conner, retired Supreme Court Justice and inductee to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

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Sandra Day. Credit: National Cowgirl Museum

The following is an excerpt by O’Connor from the forward of The Horse Lover, A Cowboy’s Quest to Save Wild Mustangs.

“When my brother, Alan, told me that he had agreed to keep fifteen hundred wild mustangs on his South Dakota ranch, I thought he had temporarily lost his common sense…

For more than 400 years, wild mustangs have existed in the region that is now the western United States. They fared well before the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 reduced their habitat. But even in the last century there were many pockets of public land in the West where they could live free, breed, and multiply. But the pressures of the multiple-use policy of the Bureau of Land Management and the restricted uses of national forest and national park lands meant that many of the wild mustangs would be captured, sold, or destroyed. The wild horse and burro law dictated that the Bureau of Land Management was to capture many of them and care for them until they could be adopted. Sadly, many of them were not suitable for adoption. This opened the way for the project Alan undertook. the-horse-lover-cover-194x300

It is impossible to see a herd of wild horses running free without feeling a surge of excitement and enthusiasm for their vigor, power, and beauty. To watch them run with their manes and tails flying in the wind is to experience a sense of the ultimate freedom of motion. 

This book tells the story of the Mustang meadows project in a way that enables the reader to see and feel that excitement and to glimpse what was and what might have been with these splendid animals.”

Come early to see live mustangs at the museum in the sun dial plaza entrance. These horses from the Little Mustang Program, like those of H. Alan Day,  were also received from the Bureau of Land Management and are in need of adoption.h_alan_day

The Little Mustang Program in our area provides the opportunity for young horsemen to attain ownership of a wild horse (aka a mustang) and create their own positive and educational horse owning experience. This program is organized in accordance with the requirements set out by the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program and the BLM’s National Wild Horse Program. The horses are received from the BLM on a regular basis with a goal of adoption in 120 days. The adoption program is administered by V.E.T.S. Livestock Management Services Organization, Inc. 5340925377258.image

HMNS Distinguished Lecture

Quest to Save Wild Mustangs

H. Alan Day

Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Click here for advance tickets.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/6-4/12

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

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Lecture – Bushido, The Way Of The Samurai By Sensei Darrell Craig
Tuesday, April 7
6:30 p.m. 
In order to share the true spirit of the Bushido, the way of the samurai, Sensei Darrell Craig will describe samurai battle preparations and lead a demonstration by his students of traditional samurai techniques and weapons. Keeping in the spirit of Bushido, the session will commence with the sound of Taiko Japanese war drums followed by Batto-Jutsu and Kendo Katat-the way of the sword. Darrell Craig is sensei of classical martial arts of Japan at Houston Budokan. This lecture is cosponsored by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Special Exhibition – China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery Of Sanxingdui Opens Friday, April 10
The Sanxingdui culture left no written record or human remains and appears to have existed for only about 500 years before it vanished. In 2001, another archaeological discovery, this time in the city of Chengdu at Jinsha, revealed possible clues to the mystery of where they might have gone. This exhibition will present many of the most important discoveries from both Sanxingdui and Jinsha and examine the great mystery of where this 3500 year old culture could have come from and where and why they abruptly vanished.

Organized by the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Sichuan Province, Peoples Republic of China.

Major funding provided China Southern Airlines. Local support provided by Kathrine G. McGovern/McGovern Foundation.

Science Hack Day Houston
Saturday, April 11- Sunday, April 12
Science Hack Day Houston is a 48-hour-all-night event that brings together inquisitive and creative minds to one place, to make wonderful things.
Designers, developers, engineers, scientists bring their A-game to the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking, and building ‘cool stuff’. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of makers are capable of producing remarkable results. For more information, the schedule and to RSVP to participate visit http://sciencehackdayhouston.com/.

If you are interested in seeing these hackers in action, purchase a ticket to the permanent exhibit halls on April 11th or April 12th and stop by Glassell! It’s going to be a science extravaganza!

Organized by Brightwork CoResearch

2015 Orchid Show And Sale
Saturday, April 11- Sunday, April 12
HMNS Grand Hall
FREE Admission

The show includes fabulous exhibits created by HOS members, other orchid societies and commercial sales vendors, featuring orchid plants as well as arrangements, corsages, orchid collectibles and educational information. The orchids in the exhibits and the exhibits themselves are officially judged before the show opens. First, second and third place ribbons and trophies are awarded to the best orchids, best-grown orchids and best exhibits.

 

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/8-12/14) at HMNS

R_rating_WBust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

Film Screening & Lecture
Dinosaur 13
Tuesday, December 9
6:00 p.m.

Join paleontologists Peter Larson and Dr. Robert T. Bakker for a candid discussion on the discovery of Sue—the largest, most complete T. rex ever found—and the ensuing battles that Larson and his crew faced after their monumental find. This talk will be followed by a screening of Dinosaur 13—the new film from Lionsgate and CNN Films that tells this riveting story, and features Larson and Bakker. Click here for more info.

Opening of Special Exhibition: Crystals of India at HMNS Sugar Land
Friday, December 12
Discover the Crystals of India at HMNS at Sugar Land. Originating from India’s Deccan Plateau, a large geologic formation that comprises most of the southern part of the country, the exhibition features a never-before-seen collection of almost 50 of the most beautiful and most perfectly formed natural mineral crystals ever found anywhere in the world.
For this exclusive engagement, the temporary exhibition hall at the HMNS at Sugar Land will be transformed into a jewel box that will highlight these exquisite mineral masterpieces in a setting more befitting an installation of the crown jewels—made complete with dramatic lighting and custom display cases.

Crystals of India is organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Local support is provided by the City of Sugar Land, Frost Bank, and Sudha Chittaluru, M.D (Internal Medicine) – First Colony Primary Care.

Frozen
Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14
10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Arts and crafts will follow this showing of the movie. Costumes are encouraged! Click here to purchase tickets.

Holiday Trunk Show – Mirta Tummino and Sarah Stewart
Saturday, December 13
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Two Houston designers are teaming for this special trunk show. Mirta Tummino’s delicate wirework showcases colorful gemstones. Sarah Stewart designs beautiful silk and wool scarves that are batiked and woven in Indonesian by master textile artists.

Geminid Meteor Shower
George Observatory
Saturday, December 13
Open until Midnight
Enjoy the annual Geminid Meteor Shower at the George Observatory. Not rising until past midnight, the Moon will be favorable this year. The peak of the shower will be 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Dress warmly and bring lawn chairs. Telescope viewing will be open until 10:00 p.m. Cloudy skies will prevent viewing of meteors.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (11/17-11/23) at HMNS

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Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

Get into the holiday spirit with the Jingle Tree events at HMNS Sugar Land, learn more about the museum travel trip the – “Shelling Experience”, and armor up for the opening of our special exhibit Samurai: The Way of the Warrior

Jingle Tree – Open House and Strolling Luncheon
HMNS Sugar Land
November 18
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come to our Jingle Tree Strolling Luncheon to mix and mingle as you enjoy food from Events by Safari and bid on your favorite trees in this exclusive first look! Click here for tickets. 

Travel Night – Sansibel Shelling, April 2015
Tuesday, November 18
6:00 p.m.
Interested travelers and those already registered are invited to this evening’s presentation of the April 12 – 16, 2015 HMNS trip “Shelling Experience: The Islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Coya Costa” with trip leader Tina Petway and HMNS travel department staff. On this coastal adventure with Tina Petway, HMNS associate curator of malacology, you will comb the beaches of the best shelling grounds in the continental US. You will also experience diverse marine and wildlife of this threatened ecosystem. Trip itinerary and registration information available at Class – Travel Night – Sansibel Shelling, April 2015Interested travelers and those already registered are invited to this evening’s presentation of the April 12 – 16, 2015 HMNS trip “Shelling Experience: The Islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Coya Costa” with trip leader Tina Petway and HMNS travel department staff. On this coastal adventure with Tina Petway, HMNS associate curator of malacology, you will comb the beaches of the best shelling grounds in the continental US. You will also experience diverse marine and wildlife of this threatened ecosystem. Trip itinerary and registration information available at www.hmns.org/travel.

Jingle Tree – Jingle Jangle Happy Hour
HMNS Sugar Land
Thursday, November 20
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Come out for our Jingle Jangle Happy Hour to mix and mingle as you bid on your favorite trees! Click here for tickets. 

Catalyst Event – Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
Thursday, November 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Complimentary drinks, light bites, entertainment and admission to Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. Click here for tickets. 

Special Exhibit Opening – Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
Friday, November 21
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is proud to host Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, an exhibit of exquisite objects related to these legendary warriors. Among these are full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as exquisite objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs. Click here for tickets. 
Organized by Contemporanea Progetti SLR with the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Italy. Local support is provided by Kuraray.

Samurai: The Way Of The Warrior Members’ Event
Friday, November 21
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Children’s crafts, cash bar and light refreshments available at this Members’ event. Click here to register.

Jingle Tree – Cookies with Santa
HMNS Sugar Land

Saturday, November 22
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bring the kiddos out for Cookies with Santa while you take advantage of the final day to bid on our Jingle Trees! Final Chance to Bid. Click here for tickets.