Join us as Dr. Richard Brown, Director of the Mississippi Entomological Museum and Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State University, takes us on a journey through the ecological deep-history of the Black Belt Prairie, followed by a nocturnal observation of moths and other insects at SPAC.
As recently as 25,000 years ago, the Black Belt Prairie in Mississippi had mammoths, saber tooth tigers, giant tapirs, and other large mammals roaming through the area. Today, this prairie is the most threatened habitat in Mississippi, with less than 1% remaining of the prairie identified during the 1830’s. While the large mammals are now extinct, the remaining prairie remnants are home to species of insects that are not found anywhere else in the world. In addition, many plants and insects in these prairie remnants are found elsewhere only in the midwestern prairies. This presentation will provide a view into the past and the present about these animals and plants that are present in our Mississippi Black Belt.
After the indoor presentation, we will head outside to observe and identify moths and other nocturnal insects attracted to our blacklights and sheets.
Friday, August 25th, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 per person; $25 per family
Registration is required, contact Mitch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-252-1155
Read more here: http://mississippientomologicalmuseum.org.msstate.edu/habitats/black.belt.prairie/BlackBeltPrairie.htm#.WUaHWOvyu00