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Academy Nightcap

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Academy Nightcap, Drugs in Nature

Your last drink of the night should stand out from the rest, shaken up with good conversation, warm conviviality and (we think) splendid science. Enter Academy Nightcaps — a monthly late evening virtual program that tells the more risqué stories of nature. Complex enough to feed your soul yet seductive enough to thrill your senses, Academy Nightcap offers a dram of sex and reproduction (virgin births in nature), a note of the grotesque (weird things in jars) and so much more.

Academy Nightcap: Drugs in Nature
Thursday, June 17
8:30pm–9:30 p.m.

Nature is full of drugs, and animals know what’s up. Whether it’s sheep going to extremes for hallucinogens, or our beloved bees seeking strong alcohol sure to give any adult human a buzz, nature’s substances appeal to all kinds of species. Even our domestic pets have a taste for nature’s elixirs from time to time. So why do animals love to use these drugs? Join the discussion and meet some experts who know some of nature’s most bizarre facts. Hear a few stories of animal inebriation from beekeeper Don Shump and veterinarian Dr. Maria Mick as you spiral down the rabbit hole with us into the fascinating topic of animal drug use in nature.

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