ANS Naturalist Hour virtual learning opportunities

Online, interactive talks featuring nature experts.
Register today!

Confirmations for Naturalist Hour program registrations will arrive by email and include Zoom log-in information. You should receive a reminder email on the day of the program. Program timing doesn't work for you? No problem! Our programs will be recorded and recording links will be sent to all registrants by Saturday of the same week. If you have trouble accessing Zoom during the program, please contact serenella.linares@anshome.org

OCTOBER

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
at 7 p.m.

Community Science
with Capital Nature

Ana Ka'ahanui & Stella Tarnay
Co-founders, Capital Nature

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Ana Ka'ahanui & Stella Tarnay, Co-founders of Capital Nature, bring the wonders of Community science to your fingertips! Community science, also known as citizen science, is a great way to connect to nature and help scientists collect data for research and conservation. Area residents are also employing community science to advocate for environmental justice and health in their communities. Join Capital Nature and explore how you can get involved with projects locally or globally to learn about a favorite species or natural phenomenon, contribute to scientific knowledge, and/or protect the wellbeing of your community


 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
at 7 p.m.

Deep Sea
Mysteries

Symone Johnson Barkley
National Aquarium

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Symone Johnson Barkley, Manager of Education Programs at the National Aquarium, takes us for a dive into the mysteries of the deep. The deep ocean contains some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth. Learn about these creatures, their adaptations, and their habitat by creating your own hydrothermal vent!


 

Friday, October 30, 2020
at 7 p.m.

Natural Mysteries and
Little Known Facts

Alonso Abugattas
Capital Naturalist

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Listen to fantastic nature stories by Alonso Abugattas, founder of Capital Naturalist, about fatal attractions, deceptive tricks, bioluminescence, and more. Like a moth to the flame, this presentation will lure participants into learning some of the mysteries of the natural world. Some of them can be explained, and others we have yet to find a suitable answer for. Tune in to some of Mother Nature’s little known stories, mysteries and natural facts that are bizarre, deceiving, or just fascinatingly unknown.


 

NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
at 7 p.m.

The Zombie Insect
Apocalypse!

Dr. Matt Kasson & Dr. Brian Lovett
West Virginia University

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Dr. Matt Kasson and Dr. Brian Lovett will give you a fascinating look at the fungi pathogens controlling the minds of insects. Cicadas, flies and ants are doomed to become zombies through the infection of these organisms.


 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
at 6 p.m.

Top 10 Tree Species
Native to the DMV

Bradley Simpson
ANS Restoration Manager

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Join ANS Restoration Manager Bradley Simpson to explore the top 10 tree species native to the DMV. We will discuss how these trees benefit the Chesapeake Bay region and the wildlife that depend on them for survival. You'll also learn how to identify these trees and where to find them in our region.


 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
at 6 p.m.

Primates in the Forest
and the Threats They Face

Anneke DeLuycker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

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Dr. Anneke DeLuycker, Associate Professor at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, explores the lives of our primate cousins, the threats they face, and why we should conserve them. Learn about her long-term research on the Andean titi monkey, a critically endangered species living in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Peru.

Peek into the lives of these relatively unknown species, and watch remarkable footage of a female titi monkey giving birth in the wild!


 

Thursday, November 12, 2020
at 6 p.m.

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In 2016, Bill Young took a cruise from Southern Argentina to the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula. On the trip, he saw nearly a million penguins from seven species. Enjoy his accounts of that adventure, and of the species he observed. Learn about the penguins' biology, behavior, and the environmental issues affecting them.


 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
at 7 p.m.

North America
Invades the World!

Samuel Ramsey, Ph.D.
University of Maryland

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Careful with what you spread! Entomologist Samuel Ramsey illustrates how North American species have spread around the world and how we're just beginning to realize the broader impacts of these invasions. Learn what makes a species likely to invade and what individual behaviors and policies can prevent invasions and address their aftermath.


 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
at 7 p.m.

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What actions could you take today that would help solve the climate and waste crises? In this talk, Stephanie Miller will describe 10 easy steps that busy people can take and know that they are having a positive environmental impact. These actions fall into three areas she calls her “magic three”: focus on food, purge plastics and recycle right. You will leave the conversation feeling empowered to take action today and help others around you do the same.


 

Thursday, November 19, 2020
at 6 p.m.

Woodlands and
Wildflowers

Clare Walker, Ph.D.
Irvine Nature Center

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Learn some of the many ways that our woodland trees, wildflowers and wildlife interact, whether for food, pollination or seed dispersal.


 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
at 7 p.m.

Wood Wide Web:
The Miracle of Underground Tree Conversations

Serenella Linares
Mycologist and ANS Manager of Virtual Programs

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Explore the marvels of underground tree communication with ANS Mycologist Serenella Linares. Learn how plants and fungi are connected under your feet and the different signals that are sent to rule the forest, from the bottom up!


 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
at 7 p.m.

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Capital Naturalist Alonso Abugattas will give you an in-depth look at how pieces of the nature puzzle fit together. Nature is intricately interconnected, and while we certainly don’t know how all the pieces fit, we can have fun trying to put them together. Get a peek at just how interdependent our plants, fungi, insects, other wildlife, and, even humans, can be. You'll be challenged to try to piece together parts of our local nature puzzle.