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Cal Day 2017


Slide show of Cal Day photos (approx. 10min)


On April 22nd, the MVZ hosted another spectacular program on Cal Day! As the one day of the year that the MVZ is open to the public, Cal Day gives the Cal community and general public the chance to see the museum’s specimens and the research being done here. We are proud to say that the MVZ is one of the most popular exhibits on campus and that people are always eager to see what we have to offer. This year we had a grand total of 2158 visitors.

Every Cal Day we present an array of engaging displays and educational activities. The beautiful displays featuring bird, amphibian, reptile, and mammal specimens attracted many eyes. Additionally we had numerous live herps courtesy of Papaya Pythons and tuco-tucos courtesy of Eileen Lacey, Shannon O’Brien, and the Tuco Wranglers, which were a big source of excitement for the visitors.

Visitors were drawn to our Animal Origami demonstration by MVZ Alum Bernie Peyton, hands-on DNA Extraction led by Evolutionary Genetics Lab Manager Lydia Smith, Reptile Dissection led by Prep Lab Manager Terri Barclay, and a lecture on AmphibiaWeb’s Response to the Infectious Disease Crisis by Michelle Koo as part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums (BNHM) Lecture Series. The MVZ also collaborated with some of the other BNHMs (UC Museum of Paeontology, Essig Museum of Entomology, University and Jepson Herbaria, and the UC Botanical Garden), the Integrative Biology Department, and the UC Natural Reserve System on displays in the VLSB Courtyard for "Natural History up Close". This year, the MVZ’s Courtyard Display centered on “Parental Care and Reproduction” and was created by our Cal Day Coordinator Natasha Stepanova.

Cal Day would not be possible without the incredible amount of support from the MVZ community. We are extremely grateful for all the hard work from the MVZ faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students as well as its volunteers in generating exhibit content for the gallery, pulling specimens from the collection, assisting in setting up displays, and taking them down, as well as for volunteering on Cal Day itself for set-up, exhibit monitoring, demos, and clean-up. Thank you to everyone for making this another amazing Cal Day!


Time lapse of MVZ gallery from set-up through clean-up (55sec)



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