Notes from my experience breeding and studying a wide variety of different invertebrates.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Pollinatarium at University of Illinois
On a recent trip to meet the Species File development team I had the privilege of visiting the University of Illinois Pollinatarium. This is a great outreach project geared to educate school groups (and others!) about pollinators. Of course there is plenty about bees (see video below - they have live ones) but also information about birds, bats and other creatures.
This is certainly one of the most exciting outreach projects I've seen, and the enthusiasm of the staff for this resource is infectious.
I work on projects related to technology and taxonomy at the Natural History Museum, and as an advisor for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. My interests are in entomology (stick insects, cockroaches and insect acoustics) and how technology can change the way research is done in biology and museums. Big fan of open access, open data and open hardware.