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Here are some scenes from this year’s Bernard Field Station Earth Day Celebration for the Claremont Community:

One of the most popular events was the Family Science tour.

Families gather for the science tour.

At the Invertebrate Station, BFS Director Marty Meyer introduced families to some of the invertebrates at the field station, including millipedes, centipedes, beetles, and snails.

Marty explains millipedes to a rapt audience.

Families got to let a big millipede crawl on their hands – very exciting!

Reactions to the millipede!

At the Bird Ecology Station, Prof. Elise Ferree from the Keck Science Department showed how her research group studies hummingbird ecology.

Professor Ferree at a hummingbird feeder.

Elise Feree shows a visor that her students modified to keep bees out of the hummingbird feeder.

At Robotics for Bio-monitoring, Professor Chris Clark and his students from Harvey Mudd College described the equipment his group makes and uses for bio-monitoring.

Prof. Chris Clark explains the robots and how they work.

Harvey Mudd students show families the robots they made.

Families actually got to operate robots that are used to monitor biota (including sharks!) in aquatic systems.

A young visitor drives a robot in the lake.

The robot in the lake.

The Night Family Tour was also very popular. Families looked at the night sky with the Keck Science Department telescope and learned about nocturnal animals of the BFS from Prof. Paul Stapp from Cal State Fullerton.

Prof. Stapp shows families a deer mouse.

We don’t have many photos because it was, well, er, dark.

Check out the Bernard Field Station Facebook Page for more photos.

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