Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm – The Natural History Gap

You are invited to the first meeting of the Cambridge Entomological Club for 2011/2012, which will take place Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 pm in Room MCZ 101 at Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Sam Droege of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will discuss The Natural History Gap.  Why is the average age of specimens in the ever declining set of remaining insect collections older than seventy years?  Why does NASA spend $1.5 billion a year on climate change satellites yet we remain unclear as to the names of over 10% of North American bees, and know next to nothing of their regional status?  Can natural history collections be mated with inventory and monitoring work and (OMG!) statistics to create an insect satellite system?  For more information, visit www.entclub.org, or email President Jessica Walden-Gray at jessisoutside@gmail.com.