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If you are excited by science – whether or not you are a science professional – and you live in the Western North Carolina area, then the Asheville Science Tavern is a great meetup for you. We are part of a movement of science socials such as Science Cafes (http://www.sciencecafes.org/) and Cafe Scientifique (http://www.cafescientifique.org/). Our mission is to humanize science and scientists - sharing the work of science in a way that is warm, engaging, often funny, inspiring, even beautiful.

We also offer science outings such as hikes, river trips, stargazing, science pot lucks, science trips (to NC Museum of Natural Sciences, DC museums, etc.), citizen science activities, art-science activities, and just plain social gatherings.

In WNC we live in an area of tremendous biological and geological richness, with many areas under dark skies for observing astronomy. For example, the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) was recently awarded the designation as a Dark Sky Park. Also nearby are some great science institutions (National Centers for Environmental Information (https://www.ncei.noaa.gov) and USFS Southern Research Station (http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/index.php) for example). With lots of smart, curious explorers like yourselves -- we hope you will join us in learning more about the wonderful place we live.

It's free to join this group, and our events are free except where there is a fee charged by one of our partners. We often pass the Erlenmeyer flask to collect a few bucks to offset our expenses, but it's optional to chip in. We hope you join us at one of our events!

Also, if you miss one of our events but want to catch the recording, feel free to visit our Asheville Science Tavern YouTube Channel: Asheville Science Tavern - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC46ou4k0oIh3IX1JG8jZGfg)

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ARE THESE MY KIDS? Strange patterns of parental care in the animal kingdom

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Parental care in animals takes many different forms, from nest building, to carrying offspring on one’s back or in one’s mouth, to brooding them internally until birth.
These various behaviors all make sense as strategies to increase survival of one’s own offspring. A little harder to explain are cases in which animals care for the offspring of other individuals and sometimes even other species.
We will explore this behavior – officially called alloparental care – across the animal kingdom, including humans, and discuss current hypotheses for its evolution.
Our speaker is Becca Hale, the Steve and Frosene Zeis Professor and Professor of Biology at UNC Asheville, where she began teaching in 2009. Dr. Hale’s expertise lies in the areas of Evolutionary Biology
and Animal Behavior. Her primary research program focuses the study of variation in mating systems among closely related species of salamander. She asks questions ranging from how neural circuitry constrains mating and parenting behavior to what are the outcomes of mating decisions for mixed parentage among siblings. She teaches courses including Ecology and Evolution, Zoology, Animal Behavior, and Reproductive Biology.

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JANUARY STAR GAZE (courtesy post)

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