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Explorit's Summer Blast a Success

This article appeared in the September 8, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Explorit's Summer Blast a Success

Zopi the Yellow Headed Vulture with master falconer Kate Marden. Photo by West Coast Falconry.

 

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

Feathers flew and physics blew our minds at Explorit’s Summer Science Blast. A wonderful and science-filled time was had by nearly 300 visitors who braved the heat to join the festivities.

 

Citrus Circuits wowed us with a wonderful robotic marvel. Peter Wagner’s Whymcycles took us for a one-of-a-kind trip around Mace Ranch Park.

 

The Davis Astronomy club gave us a glimpse of the heavens with safe solar viewing. An exhibit on loan from the Bohart Museum of Entomology introduced us to a few new many-legged friends.

 

The U.C. Davis Physics club fooled around with the forces of the universe for our delight. And the U.C. Davis Chemistry department blew us all away with their astounding show.

 

West Coast Falconry soared right into our hearts with their birds of prey. One of our favorite feathered visitors this year was Zopilote Cathartes (Zopi for short), the Yellow Headed Vulture.

 

Sweet and silly, he will always bring a smile to your face. Lesser Yellow headed vultures are found in the savannas of South America.  Vultures are not used for falconry but do play an important role in our ecosystems world wide.  Vultures are on the decline throughout the world due to many factors, including lead poisoning and pharmaceuticals used on cattle.

 

We’re so grateful to Zopi and all of our community partners who helped make Explorit’s Summer Blast such a wonderful event. We look forward to seeing you all next summer.

 

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

●      The space aliens are landing--this October at Explorit. Join us on Saturday, October 21 and 28 to follow the clues and solve an all-new sci-fi mystery at Spooky Science Night, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Special preview night for Girl Scouts on Friday, October 20 and Boy Scouts on Friday, October 27.

●      Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition.

●      Explorit is entering into its annual fundraising drive. Now more than ever, we need science education. Your donations help Explorit serve our community with exhibits, activities and educational outreach programs in 15 surrounding counties. Sponsor a program by making a gift at explorit.org/support, or call us for more details.

●      Interested in membership? Think your Exploritmembership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up.

●      Birthdays are fun with science at Explorit! ChooseSuper Birthday Party topics to make this a special event. Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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