Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2020 is the wonders of nature.
Formation of the Sun and its Planets Sunday, October 25, 6:00 p.m., online
In October, join Professor Patrick Hartigan of Rice University as he explains the formation of the sun & its planets. In the last few decades, astronomers have learned a great deal about how stars and planets form. New telescopes and instruments have enabled us to see deep within stellar nurseries and observe firsthand what goes on in these regions. Continue reading
The CTK’s Creation Care Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2020 is the wonders of nature.
Thank You for Biting: Can non-lethal predation help prey?
Sunday, September 20, 6:00 p.m., online
Join Professor Adrienne Correa of Rice University to learn about coral reefs & their relationship with their predators. Coral reefs are biodiverse ecosystems that are constructed by partnerships between coral animals and their resident microorganisms (i.e., the coral microbiome). Healthy reefs remain covered by corals because consumers, such as some fish and urchins, eat algae and other organisms that compete with corals for space. Continue reading
The Wonders of Texas Nature
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
You are invited to the 2020 Creation Care Fest – Environmental Extravaganza whose theme is The Wonders of Texas Nature! Due to COVID-19, the annual Creation Care Fest/Environmental Extravaganza has moved online. Join four expert speakers from local environmental organizations to learn about Texas flora & fauna, and the best places for outdoor recreation in the greater Houston area. Each speaker begins their talk at the top of the hour (10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, and 1:00 p.m.), and plenty of time for live Q&A follows each talk. Attend as many talks as you’d like.
Please register for the event. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.
- 10:00 a.m.: Healthier, Happier, Smarter: Houston’s State Parks,
Lisa Reznicek, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
- 11:00a.m.: Protecting and Restoring the Wonders of Galveston Bay,
Sasha Francis, Galveston Bay Foundation
- Noon: The Wonders of Texas Native Plants,
Jaime Gonzalez, The Nature Conservancy
- 1:00 p.m.: The Wonders of Houston’s Urban Wildlife,
Anke Liebschner, Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Join us and wonder at Texas nature!
The Wonders of Harvester Ants
Sunday, July 26, at 6:00 p.m., online
In arid grasslands and deserts throughout North and South America, the most abundant insects are harvester ants. These large and conspicuous ant species feed on seeds, which they harvest directly from plants and store in their nests. Unlike most species of ants, members of a single colony are not closely related to each other; each colony is genetically diverse. Join Professor Diane Wiernasz of the University of Houston as she discusses how the harvester ant life cycle is an adaptation to the harsh conditions of the desert, how these ants affect the abundance and distribution of plant communities, and the sometimes surprising consequences of colony genetic variation. Come wonder at harvester ants! Please register for this talk. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.
Sunday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Online
Plants, like humans, interact with a diversity of microscopic organisms, and scientists are just becoming aware of the role that microbiomes play in influencing host health. Current evidence suggests that despite their small size, microbes can have big impacts on natural ecosystems – from influencing whether plants are edible to determining how diverse a prairie is.
Join Professor Kerri Crawford, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Biology & Biochemistry at the University of Houston, as she discusses some of the key microbial partners that plants interact with, what impact they have in structuring ecological communities, and how plant-microbe interactions may help solve some of our most pressing problems.
Please register for this talk. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions about this talk.