Ecology at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
ESA went to the USA Science & Engineering Festival on the weekend of April 26-27 to talk about ecology with some of the 325,000 people who attended. Special thanks to University of Maryland ecologists David Inouye (ESA’s president-in-waiting) and Ben Bond-Lamberty for coming down to the Washington DC convention center for the event.
At our booth we had a terrarium hosting a few invertebrates and a simple game to prompt questions about ecological ideas like seasonal shifts (phenology), heat island effects, and how other life has adapted to our urban presence. But probably the most popular activity was the set of animal footprint ink stamps. Several adult visitors also enjoyed David’s note cards made from recycled data punch cards!