Please note: The manatee habitat is empty as we undergo renovations.

We expect to re-open the habitat and begin caring for manatees again later this Spring.

Museum opening hours: 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday with entry times at 10-11am, 11am-noon, noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm (Last entry at 3pm) | Noon to 5pm on Sunday with entry times at noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm and 3-4pm (Last entry at 4pm) | Closed on Monday and Tuesday

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

think + drink / science: The Secret Lives of Black Skimmers

think + drink / science: The Secret Lives of Black Skimmers

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Date(s) - 08/14/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At The Bishop


Our monthly think + drink / science program transforms The Planetarium into a forum of discussion where you can grab a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink and learn about science in a relaxed, informal setting. The day’s expert gives a short presentation then opens the floor for questions and discussion.

  • $5 for eligible members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others.
  • Reservations strongly encouraged.
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).

Aug. 14: The Secret Lives of Black Skimmers: How Research is Helping us to Understand this Rare and Unusual Seabird. For the past 23 years, Dr. Elizabeth Forys has been a Biology and Environmental Science professor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg interested in the conservation and recovery of any rare or declining species that need help.  Her current research focuses on protection of beach nesting birds using new technologies and creative partnerships. Forys holds a BA and MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida.

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