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Free Lecture at Sternberg Museum

April 15, 2010

Dr. Paul Sereno, Professor, University of Chicago, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, will present “When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs,” a public program on his fossil expeditions and scientific research, at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History on Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m.. The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sereno led a team of fossil hunters into the Sahara Desert in Niger in 1997 and again in 2000. These expeditions yielded partial skeletons and numerous skulls of 40-foot Sarcosuchus, the largest crocodile that ever walked the earth. They also yielded 20 tons of other fossils, a National Geographic documentary, and the traveling exhibition “The Science of SuperCroc,” which is on display at the Sternberg Museum through August 5.

Dr. Sereno is also President and cofounder of Project Exploration, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making science accessible to the public–especially minority youth and girls–through personalized experiences with science and scientists.

Sternberg Museum Sponsors Field Trip To Nebraska

March 15, 2010
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Sternberg Museum will sponsor a guided field trip to Kearney, Nebraska on Saturday, March 20 to view migrating sandhill cranes and waterfowl. Participants will meet at the Sternberg Museum at 10:00 a.m.

The first stop will be at Funk Lagoon Waterfowl Production Area for a chance to view migrating waterfowl.  From there, the expedition will proceed to Fort Kearny State Historic Park and will cruise the back roads in search of feasting sandhill cranes.

Late afternoon and evening will be spent at Fort Kearny Recreation Area. From a walking bridge that crosses the Platte River attendees will be able to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events, the flight of sandhill cranes to their nightly roosting sites along the river.  Departure for Hays will begin at nightfall.

Anyone attending should please pack enough food for two picnic meals (lunch and dinner) and enough drinks and snacks for the day.  Please dress accordingly.  The average high is 51°F with a low of 26°F.  Participants do not have to stay the entire day; they may leave at any point during the field trip.  The field trip is open to all persons and families interested in attending.  The trip is free to museum members.  Non-member fee is $10/adult (age 12 and over), children 11 and under are free. To register contact Brian Bartels at (785) 628-5502 or

Grand Opening of ‘SuperCroc’ This Weekend at Sternberg

March 10, 2010

“The Science of SuperCroc” exhibit, which has previously been seen only in Chicago, Cincinnati and the Netherlands, will open at Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History on Saturday, March 13.

The exhibit, which has as its centerpiece the 40-foot-long crocodile, will be here until Aug. 5. The exhibit also includes the actual fossil skull of the SuperCroc, a copy of the 6-foot-long skull for photo opportunities, an interactive skeleton of Suchomimus which was a dinosaur from the same period that mimicked crocodilian features, a fleshed out version of the SuperCroc skeleton and a fleshed out head plus an expedition tent and supplies to give a taste of what it was like to dig SuperCroc out of the Sahara.  Another half-dozen or so exhibits give the context of SuperCroc’s evolutionary family tree.

You can check out photos from the unpacking and set-up at the exhibit’s Facebook page.

Snake Stories at Sternberg this Saturday

October 14, 2009

snakeIn continuation of Sternberg Museum’s 10th-Anniversary Celebration, on Saturday, October 17 at 6pm (after the football game) in the Engel Education Classroom at Sternberg Museum, guest speaker Joseph T. Collins (Director of the Center for North American Herpetology and Adjunct Curator of Herpetology at Sternberg Museum) will present: Snake Stories.

Snakes are one of the most feared and misunderstood type of animal on the planet earth. Joseph T. Collins is one of the nation’s top herpetologists. He has authored dozens of books and more than 280 articles on amphibians, reptiles, and turtles. Joe will try to help you overcome your fears, dispel the myths, and shed some light on the lives of these fascinating beasts.

Those owning books written by Joe and his wife, wildlife photographer Suzanne L. Collins, can bring them for autographing after the talk. In addition, free copies of their new all-color booklet, A POCKET GUIDE TO KANSAS SNAKES, will be given free to all in the audience.

There also will be live snakes to touch and hold after the presentation.

Free Lecture on Saturday

September 17, 2009

duckDr. Gene Fleharty, (professor emeritus of biological sciences at FHSU) presents: The History and Development of the Decorative Decoy and Its Role in Early Hunting.  Dr. Fleharty’s carvings of waterfowl decoys have garnered numerous accolades.  He will have examples on hand in various stages of development for viewing.
Please join us in the Sternberg Museum’s Engel Education Classroom at 4pm on Saturday.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Sternberg Museum Extends “T. rex cetera” Exhibit

April 14, 2009

trexcetera“T. rex cetera: Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Monsters” has been extended at Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History until July 26.

“T. rex cetera” features Stan, at 70 percent the second most complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton ever found, and more than 30 other full skeletons of animals that lived during the 185-million-year span of the Mesozoic Era, comprising the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Also included are almost 40 other specimens, including many skulls and other bones.

The exhibition showcases fossil casts from the private collection of Dr. Jack Hankla, a Danbury, Ky., dentist, whose interest in paleontology and fossil collecting has resulted in one of the most significant private collections in the United States.

The museum’s other main summer event is called “In Search of Giant Squid.” This traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution explores what little is known about these mystifying animals and describes scientists’ ongoing efforts to observe them in their undersea environment.

Carcasses of giant squid, the world’s largest invertebrate, have been found in fishermen’s nets and in the bellies of sperm whales and have washed ashore all over the world. Scientists have learned a few things about their lives and habits, but much remains to learn. This is because no giant squid has ever been seen alive.

The exhibit features a giant squid beak and suckers and will help visitors examine the myths and legends that surround giant squid. The exhibit will give visitors a basis to compare them with other mollusks and to explore what is known about how they hunt, move and defend themselves. Scientific research helps understand their anatomy and their behavior.

For more updated information, contact the Sternberg Museum at (785) 628-4286, or visit the website here.


Free Lecture Tomorrow Evening at Sternberg Museum

April 10, 2009

song birdJust in time to discuss the songs of spring, the Sternberg Museum is pleased to welcome guest speaker Ruth Beasley. If Ruth’s name does not strike a chord, her voice certainly will! Ruth hosts the popular weekly radio show, Learning the Birds on High Plains Public Radio. On Saturday, April 11 at 5pm in Sternberg’s Engel Education Center, Ruth will present Listening to the Birds, how to identify birds by sound. Tune in for her “ears-on” demonstration that encourages audience participation and friendly competition to determine who has the keenest ears.