Two Odocoileus virginianus cruising the northern base of Monument Hill for tasty shoots poking through the forest floor stop suddenly.”What the heck?” one mutters to the other. “Hal, do you see that?” Before the white-tailed deer is a black mesh fence, nearly invisible in the gloaming light but for the yellow and white plastic flags tied along its length. Inside the roughly 49- by 33-foot enclosure, is nothing different than what is outside the fence — yet.
Sweet Briar College biologist Lincoln Brower was a featured researcher in a documentary on monarch butterflies that premiered Jan. 27 on the Public Broadcasting Service science series NOVA. “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” follows the 2,000-mile migration of the monarchs from Canada to their overwintering grounds in the mountains of central Mexico.
Sweet Briar College research professor Lincoln Brower’s research on monarch butterflies will be featured on the Public Broadcasting Service science series NOVA at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. The documentary, “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies,” follows the 2,000-mile migration of the monarchs to their overwintering grounds in the mountains of Mexico.
Rob Alexander, associate professor of environmental studies, will speak Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s 13th Annual Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference. His talk is titled “The Economics of Wildlife Conservation” and deals with species loss as an economic and not biological problem.
Albert Bates couldn’t come to the phone to talk about the lecture he will give at Sweet Briar College on Thursday, March 27. Although he has spotty access to the Internet, “There are no phones this side of Punta Gorda,” he said by e-mail.
If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the Michael Pollan lecture on Oct. 9, you might be too late. As of Sept. 25, all 652 seats in Murchison Lane Auditorium – with the exception of some on hold for the media – have been reserved.
Sweet Briar will be quieter in the last days of September, when classes are suspended for two reading days and many students travel home or afield. In their place will be more than 40 ecologists, wildlife biologists and forestry professionals from nine states.