Smithsonian Entomologist to Speak at April 8 UDBG Meeting

February 22, 2010 under CANR News, Events

“A Bug Guy’s Window into the Natural World” lecture open to the public

Join University of Delaware graduate Nathan Erwin (AG ‘81) for a glimpse into the intriguing world he inhabits at his job as manager of the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion at The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Erwin is the featured speaker at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens meeting on Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Commons of Townsend Hall on the UD Campus.

Since his graduation in 1981, Erwin’s been a life-long learner using his camera as a tool. He’s watched and photographed cicadas emerging from 17 years underground, photographed endangered tiger beetles on remote beaches, learned how insect photography and the composer Wagner don’t always mix, and worked with Costa Rican butterfly farmers to help them raise beautiful non-butterfly insects, among other things.

Erwin will share images and humorous stories from his adventures that have helped him to develop educational exhibits and design projects for the Smithsonian’s Museum.

In addition to his appearances on the Late Night Show with David Letterman, Erwin has also collaborated with National Public Radio, Discovery, National Geographic, and the BBC.

To register for this event, please email or call (302) 831-0153. The cost of the lecture is $5 for UDBG members and $10 for nonmembers. Payment (check) can be mailed to UDBG Friends, 152 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 19716. Payment (cash or check) is also accepted at the door; however, registration must be made in advance.

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