Bell Museum of Natural History

Written by Will Ullrich

Due to a scheduling conflict some students of our class missed a majority of our field trip. Unfortunately these students would not be able to meet with the speakers at the U of M.  Instead they would visit the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.  I visited the museum on November 30th and stayed for roughly an hour.  The museum had many exhibits depicting some of the less common wildlife of Minnesota such as bears, red squirrels, and moose.  One exhibit was focused on educating individuals about the importance of preventing the transfer of “exotic species” into Minnesota waters.  One example of an “exotic species” is the zebra mussel which is invading Minnesota lakes and rivers endangering these prized ecosystems.

The other half of the museum educated individuals about the applications of satellite imagery.  One exhibit showed how satellite imagery is used to track tropical storms and predict if they will grow to hurricane status as well as where they will make landfall.  A second exhibit showed visitors how satellite imagery could be used to track the growth of ozone holes over Antarctica.



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