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Stories From Our Microscope Lab! How The Ice Age Helped Keep The British Out Of Florida
February 16, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

This sand from Flagler Beach, Florida, contains both mineral grains and shells.  The mineral grains are clear quartz, and the brown, tan, and orange grains are shells that give the beach an orange hue.  Blocks of coquina (roughly 130,000 -100,000 years old and known as the Anastasia Formation) are found offshore much of eastern Florida […]

Bug Love! The Art Of Finding A Mate In The Insect World
February 14, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  Every year on Valentine’s Day, we in the Cockrell Butterfly Center like to think about all our favorite insects and the methods they use to find mates. From special pheromones to elaborate mating rituals, every insect has a way to find a mate (or more often, multiple mates)!   It’s the smell that counts […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
February 12, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Cultural Feast – A Renaissance Condottieri Banquet…A Knight to Remember Art, warfare, intrigue, and cuisine often melded during the Italian Renaissance. Places such as Milan and northern Italy were important centers for the manufacture of the exquisite armor worn by kings and nobles throughout Europe during battles. Artists including Leonardo da Vinci often designed fortifications […]

Diatryma: The Last Gasp of Dinosaur Rule In North America
February 9, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Was it inevitable that mammals would rule the world after the dinosaurs went extinct? The rise of mammals is often depicted as a pretty smooth transition, but in reality things were a little more complicated. In the wake of the end Cretaceous extinction birds, reptiles and mammals all began to split and diversify to exploit ecological […]

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February 6, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Senior Social GET TICKETS | Wednesday, May 30 | 9 a.m.   Spend the morning socializing with other seniors at HMNS! HMNS Senior Social is a new quarterly event exclusively for HMNS senior members, ages 62 and up. Enjoy a light breakfast and an exclusive tour of a select permanent exhibition during this new special […]

Sky Happenings In February, 2018
February 2, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  Jupiter is almost due south at dawn; it outshines all the stars we ever see at night.   Mars is in the south-southeast at dawn.   It brightens a little each morning as moves away from Jupiter and towards Saturn.    Saturn is in the southeast at dawn this month.     Venus is lost […]

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Katydid!…Did she?

Olive – a Giant Long-Legged Katydid from Malaysia – was with us for only a few days, however, she left us with a precious gift; her eggs! Now, will those eggs hatch? We’re keeping our fingers crossed over here that we’ll soon be seeing some cute little katydid babies! This insect has quickly become my […]

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Have you ever seen a piece of art or craft that you think to yourself “I could do that!” but of course you never act on it?  Well, some people do act on that impulse and I’m going to show you how to do just that.  Every now and then I get a phone call from […]

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What’s white and weighs 80,000 lbs.?

MichaelR · January 22, 2018, 11:06 pm

This is so cool!!! When did they start doing This? I lived there in 1990 and don't remember going to this event. Maybe I missed it???


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