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Nerd Nite East Bay: Animal Maps, Mud Flat Art, Nature Myths

Start your night when the doors open at 7PM with pre-show games, beats by Citizen Zain, tasty food cart eats, info from the Oakland Public Library, then grab a drink and a seat as talks begin at 8PM.

Where the Wild Things Go: Using Modern Technology to Map Nature’s Elusive Animals

For thousands of years tracking animals meant following footprints, but now satellites, drones, cameras and cellular networks reveal the natural world in beautiful detail. See data-driven portraits of the surprising ways ants, owls, otters, turtles, and sharks navigate the world, and stunning representations of how elephants adapted to elevated railways, what drives baboon troop decisions, and how genetic islands of animals can be rescued with modern data.

Speaker: Oliver Uberti is the co-author of Where the Animals Go (http://wheretheanimalsgo.com/),

Driftwood Dragons and Mudflat Monuments in the Emeryville Industrial Wasteland

From the turbulent 1970s and the contaminated mud of the East Bay off of Emeryville rose massive, whimsical and overtly political statues and sculptures made by renegade artists from driftwood and repurposed “junk”, the remnants of which can still be seen in the bay during the I-80 commute. Hear about the origin of the mudflat sculptures during the Free Speech Movement, and how this swamp of public art and radical expression became a critical flash point during the Bay Area’s destabilizing transition from an industrial hub to a tech and real estate capital of the modern world.

Speakers: Liam O’Donoghue is the creator and host of East Bay Yesterday
Joey Enos is an artist, historian and works as a collections manager for The National Pastime Museum.

Tall Tales of Daddy Long-Legs: How Animal Myths Begin and Endure

All children know that daddy long-legs are actually the most poisonous spiders, but their deadly fangs are just too short to bite you. Except daddy long-legs aren’t spiders, aren’t poisonous, and don’t have fangs. Learn about the origins and propagation of famous animal myths, and discover behavioral, morphological and physiological data that makes nature more interesting, (usually) less scary, and led to changes in robotic and prosthetic design.

Ignacio Escalante is a Costa Rican Field Biologist

Monday, 09/25/17


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