Nature Speaker Series
Explore nature Thursday evenings with great speakers talking about everything from birds and butterflies to culture and art of the Rio Grande Valley.
The educational series is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Thurmond Eye Associates.
Regular Schedule & Fees
|Date: ||Thursday Evenings (October through April) |
|Time: ||6:00 pm to 7:00 pm |
|Fee: ||Included in General Admission |
$3.00 Adults,$2.00 Seniors (65+)
FREE with Membership
Is there an Ichthyologist in the house?
Dr. Roberts Edwards UTPA
Thursday, December 5th 6:00pm-7:00pm
Once regulated to select channels, fishing has gained mainstream popularity with shows such as Wicked Tuna, River Monsters, and Hillbilly Handfishin. Here in the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, fishing takes the form of the thrilling struggles of deep sea fishing, the practice of good sportsmanship in fishing tournaments and the peaceful passing of time of recreational fishing. With different fishing activites and environments, one wonders about the sustainability of this activity. What happens when a fish’s environment has been altered? Do they find a way to adapt and survive or do they lose the battle to the changes that mankind has made?
Join Dr. Edwards as he takes you on a journey into the fascinating lives of fishes. Dr. Edwards’ presentation will give the audience an inside look into the amazing adaptations fish go through. In addition, participants will explore the world of our local fish fauna through Dr. Edwards’ own scientific investigations. His studies have focused on fish community ecology and the changes that have occurred over the past century and a half in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Dr. Robert J. Edwards is a Professor of Biology and Director of the Environmental Science program at the University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Edwards received his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. He returned to Texas to receive his master’s and doctorate degrees in Zoology, from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Edwards is currently teaching courses in various areas of biology, including his own field of ichthyology, at UTPA. In addition, Dr. Edwards has extensively researched fish and other aquatic organisms of Texas, the southwestern U.S., and northern Mexico. He is a member of four endangered species recovery teams and has been the leader of two of these. His current research has dealt with reintroducing the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow back into its historic habitats in the Big Bend region of Texas. Dr. Edwards has received numerous awards for his research including being a three-time recipient of the prestigious international George Miksch Sutton Award in Conservation Research.
To kick off this fantastic presentation here are a couple of fun fish facts:
• Catfish are literally covered from head to tail in taste buds, even their whiskers have taste buds which helps them locate food in murky water.
• Most fish can see in color and use colors to camouflage themselves or defend themselves and their territory.
• Most fish cannot swim backwards.
• Fish were well established long before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
So please join us this Thursday, December 5, 2013, as Dr. Edwards helps us dive deeper into the world of fish.
- 5th Is There an Ichthyologist in the House?
- 12th Natural Holiday Treasures
- 19th Texas Holiday Concert in the Park: Tish Hinojosa
- 2nd The Green Household, Tiffany Kersten
- 9th Cooking Healthy with Mark Deckard
- 16th The Trees of the Valley, Carol Goolsby
- 23rd Get to Know 23 Greatest Valley Birds, John Brush
- 30th Urban Ecology, Alex Racelis, UPTA Ecology Professor
- 6th Birding the Yucatan, Dr. Timothy Brush, Professor of Ornithology
- 13th Numbers in Nature: Backward Trivia Night, Carol Goolsby
- 20th Love Nature
- 27th Attracting Purple Martins, Mark Wright
- 6th Spring Migration Sensation
- 13th Life on the Laguna Madre with Dolphins and Birds, Scarlet Colley
- 20th RESERVATIONS for Moon Over Mazatlan Fundraiser for Habitat (tickets $100)
- 27th Birding in the Rio Grande Valley, Tiffany Kersten
- 3rd El Valle: Photographing the Valley's Nature, Seth Patterson
- 10th Dragonflies: A Natural Cycle. John Yochum
- 17th Many Uses of Yuccas & Other Native Plants, Benito & Toni Trevino