Photo Album of NCALSBA – 2019 Events


“Special Behind the Scenes Tour of the California Academy of Sciences”,
February 21, 2019

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

We had a fascinating and fun behind the scenes tour at the Academy of Sciences, starting with a walk onto the “living roof”.

We learned more about the institution’s 160-year history and what it takes to house nearly 46 million specimens. We were able to visit some research collections, focusing on the Herbarium where we saw a range of specimens (including a plant collected on Capt. Cook’s voyage) and several very rare local (Alameda/SF & Marin county) specimens.

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In the entomology (insects) department we saw an amazing range of butterflies (the Dogface, our state butterfly), huge moths and iridescent beetles.

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The breathtaking geology specimens in the private vault rounded out the tour. Member Walter Denn, who has assisted in the past with photographing specimens at the Academy, showed us more about using the special Leica camera in the project room.

Thanks to all for participating!

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Photos by Mary Ann King, Elaine Wismer and Ruth Cox and text by Ruth Cox
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