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New Meetup: First Fridays--Toxic Algal Blooms

From: casey
Sent on: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 2:37 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Informed by Nature!

What: First Fridays--Toxic Algal Blooms

When: Friday, May 7,[masked]:45 PM

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-DINO

TIME FOR ANOTHER FIRST FRIDAY--Stop by the Informed by Nature table at the Natural History Museum's fun First Friday event. Attend and you can take a tour of the museum, join a cool discussion on TOXIC ALGAL BLOOMS, dance to the dj, or bob your head to the rock band GAMBLE HOUSE. We've had lots of fun so far--join us again!

The Informed by Nature table will be right in front--in the hallway before the dinosaur skeleton when you walk in. Look for our logo. Some of us will leave the table to attend the talk, so check in at 5:45 if you want to sit together. Also, if you miss us at 5:45--we will be there all night, so you can stop by and say hi any time!

Unfortunately it's not free ($9)--HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to buy tickets ahead of time and retrieve them at will call that night.
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First Friday info (from the Nat Hist Museum site):

Tour (5:30 pm): Marine Biology Collections as Touchstones for Ecosystems Tour with Dr. Regina Wetzer, Director of the Marine Biodiversity Center

Discussion (6:30 pm): ?Toxic Algal Blooms Along the Southern Californian Coast: Causes, Challenges and Solutions? with Dr. David A. Caron

Coastal waters have witnessed an increase in the frequency and severity of ?red tides? ? toxic and noxious algal blooms ? as human populations have encroached on coastlines worldwide during the past century. California has been no exception to the trend: Outbreaks of toxic algae have threatened human health, killed thousands of marine animals, garnered public attention, and resulted in the loss of untold millions in revenue.

Because urbanized regions of the world have been particularly hard hit, Southern California has served as somewhat of a sentinel of change across the planet. The region also potentially holds the key to understanding the causes of harmful algal blooms, and potential solutions.

Performances in the diorama hall with The Tallest Man on Earth and Gamble House:

Swedish folk singer Kristian Mattson comes to First Fridays as The Tallest Man on Earth with deft guitar playing and a raspy voice that has led many to compare him to a young Bob Dylan. Mattson draws on the legacy of old blues and folk masters to create haunting, intimate songs. Gamble House experiments with gentle, soaring vocals and elements of 60s pop, choral music and ?folk psychedelia? that is warm and captivating.

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