Deer behavior program with slides Sunday afternoon at Dickson Mounds
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[September 05, 2012]
LEWISTOWN -- In the Second Sunday
Science Lecture Series at Dickson Mounds Museum, curator Alan Harn
will step away from his usual role as museum archaeologist to
present a slide-illustrated program on animal behavior. The program
begins at 2 p.m. Sunday and will be of wide interest to the wildlife
enthusiast and hunter alike.
A recently completed study,
"Five Decades at the Scrape," presents new information gleaned from
detailed observations of 1,379 male whitetail deer and their
activities near Dickson Mounds Museum over a 50-year period.
Photographic documentation of variation in deer behavioral patterns
will be shown and interpreted, providing the listener with new
insights into the life of whitetail deer. Many of the findings
refute popularly held misconceptions about the upcoming phase and
synchronization in whitetail reproductive ritual, commonly referred
to as "the rut."
The Second Sunday Science Lecture Series is a collaborative effort
of the Emiquon Partnership, Dickson Mounds Museum, University of
Illinois at Springfield's Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, The
Nature Conservancy, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
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The Illinois State Museum -- Dickson Mounds is located between
Lewistown and Havana, off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is
open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Tours
and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For
more information, call 309-547-3721 or TTY 217-782-9175 or visit the
museum's website at
www.experiencedicksonmounds.com. Also check out weekly updates
on Facebook at "Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds."
[Text from file received from
Dickson Mounds Museum]