Biodiversity Museum Day: Saturday, Feb. 17

See What We Collect and Study From the Natural World

Children and adults go bee-hunting at Honey Bee Haven, 2017
Biodiversity day at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven includes catching bees to look at them, then releasing them. (Kathy Keatley Garvey/UC Davis)

UC Davis will hold its seventh annual Biodiversity Museum Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, welcoming the public to see what the university collects and studies from the natural world. Parking and admission are free to this family friendly event.

Visitors will have access to 13 museums and collections and their range of displays including dinosaur bones, nematodes, honeybees, hawks, yeast cultures, carnivorous plants and new California condor specimens.

Seven of the museums and collections will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the others from noon to 4 p.m. All but two are within walking distance of one another on the main campus. See map here (PDF).

Arboretum and Public Garden

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • The arboretum will celebrate Biodiversity Museum Day in the Good Life Garden at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.
  • Plant your very own, pollinator friendly California poppy or showy milkweed in an upcycled, self-decorated pot.

Bohart Museum of Entomology

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • 1124 Academic Surge
  • Global collection of nearly 8 million insect specimens.
  • Biodiversity Museum Day highlights include 500,000-specimen butterfly/moth collection, curated by entomologist Jeff Smith; and a Belize insect collection display by Smith and Bohart associates Fran Keller and Dave Wyatt from their latest expedition.

Botanical Conservatory

  • Noon-4 p.m.
  • Kleiber Hall Drive
  • Featuring carnivorous plants; fruiting specimens of chocolate and coffee; cacti, succulents and other desert dwellers; and an assortment of winter-blooming South African bulbs.

California Raptor Center
and Museum

Center for Plant Diversity

  • Noon-4 p.m.
  • 1026 Sciences Laboratory Building
  • Hmong medicinal and culinary herbs on display.
  • Examine plants under microscope.
  • Plant-pressing and mounting demonstrations, and plant-pressing for children.

Department of
Anthropology Museum

  • Noon-4 p.m.
  • Young Hall, inside and outside
  • Flintknapping, atlatl toss and scavenger hunt, plus biological anthropology lab, archaeology lab, zooarchaeology lab and Inuit art exhibit.

Design Museum

Honey Bee Haven

Museum of
Fish and Wildlife Biology

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • 1394 Academic Surge
  • The museum has new California condor specimens.
  • Other specimens include Papua New Guinea birds and mammals, reptiles and amphibians, primates and marine fishes.
  • Bird and mammal taxidermy demonstrations.

Nematode Collection

Paleobiology Collection

Phaff Yeast Culture Collection

Viticulture and Enology
Culture Collection

  • Two collections in a joint exhibition
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Robert Mondavi Institute Brewery, Winery and Food Pilot Facility
  • Dozens of yeast species to see and smell, and information on how yeasts and bacteria are important for making fermented foods and beverages (even clothes can be made from microbes).
  • Taste Vegemite and Marmite, and kombucha tea.
  • Brewery and winery tours.
  • Children’s coloring activities.

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