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A Cal Day 2011 event: The Biodiversity Roadshow

Cal Day 2011 Biodiversity Roadshow
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Valley Life Sciences Building courtyard
Cal Day, Saturday, April 16

Want to know what that weed is that's growing in your garden? Have you wondered about that fossil you have on the shelf or the interesting shell you found on the beach? How about that cool beetle your son brought home or that small skull you picked up while hiking?

On Cal Day, April 16, bring these and other found natural objects to the Biodiversity Roadshow and have them identified by representatives from the Berkeley Natural History Museums — the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, the Essig Museum of Entomology, the University and Jepson Herbaria, and the UC Museum of Paleontology.

Bring in live or dead plants, bugs in a jar, skulls, bones, feathers, eggs, fossils, seashells and other natural materials washed up on the beach; you can even bring printed photos of animals or plants. Come share what you've found with us in the courtyard of the Valley Life Sciences Building.

If you bring photos, the more information you can provide, the better. It would be helpful to have something in the photo for scale, e.g., a ruler, pencil, hand, etc. Knowing when and where you found the pictured item may also be helpful in identification.

The Roadshow will also have plenty of specimens on display, including live animals, that are likely to be encountered or found in the Bay Area. We'll have marine organisms, insects, spiders, reptiles and more!

Please note, the BNHM will not appraise your items or assign a value to them — only help to identify them.

The Cal Day 2011 schedule of events will go online in late March — be sure to check it for the multitude of other events and activities hosted by the individual museums. And on Cal Day, be sure to pick up a passport to Science@Cal and visit the other science-related events elsewhere on the UC Berkeley campus.

WHAT: Berkeley Natural History Museum's "Biodiversity Roadshow"
WHEN: Cal Day 2011; Saturday, April 16; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain or shine)
WHERE: Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) courtyard (off the second floor), UC Berkeley campus

Scenes from last year's Roadshow

Scenes from last year's Roadshow.

The two Roadshow photos on the right are by Mariska Batavia; the one on the left is by Jennifer Skene