Hampton Roads City Nature Challenge: A How-to guide

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Participate in the city nature challenge by finding wildlife and taking a picture of it.
Participation is easy! Find wildlife, snap a picture, and share it on iNaturalist (inaturalist.org)

Welcome back to the nature corner where we’re talking more about the City Nature Challenge! (Click HERE to visit our local Hampton Roads site!)

I mentioned in the March blog that participating in the City Nature Challenge is simple. All you do is find wildlife, take a picture, and share it on the iNaturalist app.   Read more

Hampton Roads City Nature Challenge, April 30 to May 3, 2021

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Bumblebee on purple lantana in the Park. Photo credit: Amanda Shields/ The Mariners’ Museum and Park.

Do you and your family have cabin fever? Do you want to participate in community science efforts in Hampton Roads? Do you love The Mariners’ Park and other natural areas around our region? Well look no further– we have the event for you! 

Hampton Roads City Nature Challenge, April 30 to May 3, 2021   Read more

The fruitful earth: A brief tale of the talented Janet Taylor

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Behaim’s globe (replica)
Behaim’s globe (replica), ca 1908. This globe, originally produced in 1492, during the Age of Discovery, is one of the first models of earth as a round planet. The map printed on the globe, however, is inaccurate with only three, misshapen continents (Photo credit: The Mariners’ Museum).

In mid-February, we shared the amazing story of American mathematician Dr. Galdys B. West and her important contributions to modern navigation. Dr. West created the geoid, an accurate mathematical model of the earth that laid the foundation for the technology of the Global Positioning System (GPS). 

Today we are continuing this mini-series featuring women who shaped the world. Let’s go back in time and learn more about the mathematician and “Jane of all trades” named Janet Taylor.     Read more

Dr. Gladys B. West: The woman who reshaped the modern world

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Dr. Gladys West is inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame during a ceremony in her honor at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2018. West was among the so-called “Hidden Figures” part of the team who did computing for the U.S. military in the era before electronic systems. The Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame is one of Air Force’s Space Commands Highest Honors.(Photo by Adrian Cadiz)

Celebrating International Day of Women, Girls in Science, and Black History Month!

Today, February 11, 2021, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day is meant to honor and celebrate the contributions to the sciences made by women and girls globally, and take a stance of commitment to continually expand the sciences to be more accessible and inclusive to women and girls. The 2021 theme is focusing on COVID-19. A technology that is essential to accurately tracking data associated with COVID-19 is the Global Positioning System (GPS).    Read more

Celebrate Pollinator Week June 22-28, 2020

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Bee in beardtongue flower
Calico beardtongue with a fuzzy, busy visitor!
Photo courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Today’s post is in honor and celebration of Pollinator Week

Warning: This post is full of cute bee butts!   Read more