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April 2008

Release Date: April 23, 2008

Open House for Angelo State Natural History Collections

Thousands of plant and animal specimens will be on public display when the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC) hosts an open house Tuesday, April 29, in the Cavness Science Building, 2460 Dena Drive.

The open house will begin at 7 p.m. and is open free to the public. Activities will include a presentation by ASU biology professor Dr. Bonnie Amos, student-led tours of the Natural History Collections and an opportunity for attendees to test their knowledge with a quiz on the flora and fauna of the West Texas region. Light refreshments will be served and families are encouraged to attend.

The ASNHC currently include more than 100,000 specimens of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and plants from Texas, many other states, Mexico, Africa, Asia, Australia and even the Gal�pagos Islands. The collections are used to aid student and faculty research projects, as teaching tools, and are viewed by thousands of K-12 students every year through special programs like ASU Science Days.

Amos has been a member of the ASU biology faculty since 1987. Her presentation, titled “How to Survive as a Rare Plant in Texas,” will kick off the evening’s activities at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of the Cavness Building.

For more information, call the ASU Biology Department at 942-2189.