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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

think + drink / science

think + drink / science

From 7 to 9pm on the second Wednesday of each month, the day’s expert begins the evening with a presentation then we open the floor for discussion during this interactive webinar on Zoom.

think + drink / science is sponsored by WUSF, a Corporate Partner of The Bishop.

March 10: “Gigantic Crocodylians, Deinosuchus Species: Top Predators Around the Late Cretaceous Coasts of North America”

Fossils of Deinosuchus species (sometimes called terror crocodiles!) have been reported since 1856, but only in the past two decades have scientists been able to accurately reconstruct their entire skulls and most of their skeletons. One thing we do know: They were so big that even dinosaurs had reason to fear them! Join us for think + drink / science while Dr. David Schwimmer, Professor of Geology, Columbus State University, highlights these fascinating top predators from the Late Cretaceous

  • When: 7pm Wednesday, March 10 on Zoom
  • Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others

Register now to receive the Zoom link

Image credit: National Geographic Image Collection / Alamy Stock Photo

April 14: –”The Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project: A Worldwide Conservation Effort Locally”

With more than 2,000 native plant species in Florida, many are rare, understudied, or endangered and actively need conservation. The Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project aims to help protect and understand our native flora, monitor invasive species, provide information to scientists worldwide, and engage the public in citizen science. Join a talk by Sean Patton, iNaturalist of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens EcoFlora Project, to learn from a scientist how you can participate in citizen science and join the project with only a smartphone or camera.

  • When: 7pm Wednesday, April 14 on Zoom
  • Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others

Register now to receive the Zoom link

May 12: – “Out of Sight! The Totally Tubular History of the Telescope and Microscope”

Telescopes and microscopes enable us to see beyond the naked eye and to explore the wonders of the universe and microscopic world. Join presenter Dr. David Berry, Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Special Projects at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, as we trace the development of these remarkable inventions from novelty items to scientific instruments used to make some of the most important scientific discoveries in history!

  • When: 7pm Wednesday, May 12 on Zoom
  • Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others

Register now to receive the Zoom link

June 9: – “Blacktip Sharks in Southeast Florida”

Blacktip sharks aggregate by the thousands in nearshore waters of southeast Florida every winter. For more than a decade, Dr. Stephen Kajiura’s team at Florida Atlantic University has used airplanes and drones for aerial surveys, special tags for acoustic and satellite tracking, underwater video, and even animal-borne data loggers to examine the distribution and movements of sharks as they overwinter along our coast and migrate up the eastern seaboard. Discover how these sharks have shifted their distribution in response to warming oceans and learn about the possible future of these seasonally important predators and the food web they support.

  • When: 7pm Wednesday, June 9 on Zoom
  • Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others

Register now to receive the Zoom link