Vision at the Arboretum: Fly By Night
Saturday, June 18th, 2016
9:30am - Noon
The Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway
Learn about how vision works for bats and owls. Program speakers are: Dr. Gillian Shaw (DVM, PhD, COPLOW Fellow), Dr. Melissa Behr (DVM, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostics Lab), and Matt Reetz, Executive Director, Madison Audubon Society)
Bagels & beverages will be served following the program. Here is the Event Flyer.
To register: contact 608-265-4023 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance registration preferred, though walk-ins welcome.
$8/adult, $5/child age 12 and under
The McPherson Eye Research Institute’s Vision at the Arboretum: Sight in Flight event took place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the UW Arboretum’s Visitor Center. Participants heard from three speakers focused on insect vision, two of them members of the McPherson ERI. Gillian Shaw, a Fellow at the Comparative Ocular Pathology Lab in UW’s School of Veterinary Medicine, started the program with a talk on Compound and Simple Eyes of Bees, Butterflies, and Moths. She was followed by Carlos Flores from the Colley Lab in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, who zeroed in on Retinal Degeneration through the Eye of the Fly. UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab Manager P.J. Liesch concluded the formal program, speaking about What’s Up with Pollinators? Guests were then able to view insect specimens, both mounted and live (including butterflies, both in and out of cocoons, and a walking stick more than 3 inches long), and to participate in capturing insects using butterfly nets. Approximately 50 people attended this second arboretum event, successor to the McPherson ERI’s past Vision at the Zoo events.
McPherson ERI events about animals and vision have been held at the Henry Vilas Zoo and UW-Madison Arboretum. These free educational events have explored subjects such as how a walking stick has an impressive visual system that allows it to adapt to dim-lighting conditions, that pythons don't have eyelids, and how vision works for red-tailed hawks and for ground squirrels in their shared prairie environment.
"Studies of animal vision help us to understand our own visual system," said Dr. Nansi Colley, a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "It also helps us to understand how animals interact with their environment and how nature works."
These McPherson ERI Vision and Animals events support vision health in the community. "Learning about the eyes of other animals is not only fascinating and fun," said Dr. Dan Albert, also a UW-Madison professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, "but it can also have important applications in understanding the human eye and its diseases."
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