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Cal Day 2015

This year's Cal Day at the MVZ took place on April 18th and was a great success. Our final visitor count for the gallery was 2635, which is 350 more people than last year; and AmphibiaWeb's station out in the 3rd floor lobby of the Valley Life Sciences Building also attracted over 1,110 people that day! According to AmphibiaWeb Coordinator Ann Chang, "visitors left knowing that there are three orders of Amphibians, and that caecilians are not snakes or earthworms!"

The Bay Area community is fascinated by what goes on "behind-the-scenes" at the MVZ, and many of them come back year after year on Cal Day to check out our specimens and read about our research. Our engaging specimen- and research-based displays, educational games, and live demonstrations/events led by MVZ scientists combine to deliver a memorable experience for all involved. It is no wonder that Cal Day at the MVZ is considered one of the main attractions on campus!

Here is a glimpse of Cal Day 2015 at the MVZ in photos:

Timelapse Video of Gallery Exhibit Set-Up and Take Down
(courtesy of Chris Conroy)

Relatively quiet moment in the gallery, before the arrival of the big afternoon crowds.
(Photo by Abhas Misraraj, 2015)

The gallery became tightly packed as afternoon rolled around!
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

MVZ Grad Students Katya Mack (left) and Noelle Bittner (right) pose by their Cal Day displays while holding a Columbian Boa.
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

The AmphibiaWeb team, ready to greet Cal Day visitors! From left, Gordon Lau, Shakil Huq, Tamar Garcia, baby Rose, Ann Chang, and Michelle Koo.
(Photo by Michelle Koo, 2015)

AmphibiaWeb volunteers Tamar Garcia (left), Shakil Huq (center) and Gordon Lau (right) pose for a group photo while teaching visitors about Amphibians on Cal Day.
(Photo by Michelle Koo, 2015)

AmphibiaWeb volunteer Tamar Garcia gives a line-up of eager young herpetologists amphibian tattoos.
(Photo by Abhas Misraraj, 2015)

Philip Kahn introduces Elma the Black Throat Monitor to an eager visitor.
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

Elma was a popular attraction on Cal Day. Here she is hugging Philip Kahn while visitors look on.
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

Cal Day volunteer Chulabush Khatancharoen impresses a young visitor with the natural history of the Ball Python (“piebald” morph).
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

Origami Master Bernie Peyton models his spectacled bear hat the day before Cal Day.
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

MVZ Director Michael Nachman explains how the dark- and light-morph Rock Pocket Mice got their coats.
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

MVZ Staff Curator of Mammals Chris Conroy gets cozy with an Irian Jaya Carpet Python.
(Photo by Abhas Misraraj, 2015)

MVZ Staff Curator of Birds Carla Cicero teaches Curatorial Assistant Anna Hiller how to read Spotted Towhee sonograms at her Cal Day display.
(Photo by Abhas Misraraj, 2015)

From left: Prep Lab Manager Terri Barclay, Cal Day Coordinator Katharine Corriveau, and Front Office Manager Leleña Avila gather for a photo on Cal Day.
(Photo by Abhas Misraraj, 2015)

Museum specimens provide a glimpse of the world at a particular place and moment in time.
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

Thank you to all MVZ faculty, staff, post-docs, grad students, undergrads and volunteers who helped make Cal Day a great success!
(Photo by Chris Conroy, 2015)

 


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