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Ask the Scientists

A child with a magnifying glass

A child with a magnifying glass 

Join Academy scientists and educators for a brand new virtual program where kids lead the conversation! Ask the Scientists! features a series of events about the world we are living in now. Each Zoom session lasts about 30 minutes. Free with registration. Recommended for ages 8–11 but all are welcome.

Ask the Scientists: Welcoming Wildlife
Saturday, February 6
10 a.m.
Zoom; free registration required

An orange mountain with a yellow sun and a blue lake with a blue mallard duck with a salmon jumping out of the water.

What’s so wild about Philadelphia? More than you think! We share a habitat with birds, mammals, bugs, reptiles and amphibians — and even fish.

These creatures are all around, and you might see them if you know where to look. Join Academy scientists and John Heinz Wildlife Refuge rangers for a fun conversation to learn how animals journey through our neighborhoods. Ask the experts what you need to do to build a better backyard to support local species, and get the scoop on all the best places in the city to stop and watch the wildlife go by.

In partnership with John Heinz Wildlife Refuge.

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Ask the Scientists: Do Birds Still Flock Together?
Saturday, March 20
10 a.m.
Zoom; free registration required

Spring has sprung. The snow is melting, plants are starting to bud and many birds are returning from their winter migration. On this perilous journey, birds face many challenges, including how climate change is impacting this annual event. Join scientists from the Academy as we discuss what those challenges are, how birds are adapting and what we can do to help.

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