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Sunday Speaker Series: Spiny Orb-weaving Spiders at Schramm Education Center

September 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Schramm Education Center presents Schramm Sunday Speaker Series, a monthly program where experts in the field deliver fascinating presentations on the natural and cultural history of Nebraska. The series is free and open to the public, and is designed to promote conversations that facilitate scientific literacy, and encourage lifelong learning for all ages.

Have you ever run into a spider web while walking in the woods? That web might have belonged to a spiny orb-weaving spider (Micrathena gracilis). These small spiders weave large, wheel-shaped webs in Nebraska forests – plus, these critters might buzz if you pick them up! Join Dr. Tyler Corey, biology instructor at Southeast Community College, to learn about the lives of these charismatic spiders and to hear about his research with your fellow Nebraskans – including spider-eating wasps, jumping spiders, and orb-weaving spiders. The program will begin with a short talk, and then participants will head outside and look for spiders and mud-dauber wasps around the Education Center.

To reserve a seat, register in advance for this free program here:

All speaker series programs are offered to the public for free, and located in the center’s classroom, accessible through the West Entrance.

About the Speaker

Dr. Tyler Corey is a biology instructor at Southeast Community College, where he teaches introductory biology and animal behavior courses. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his research studied the evolution and ecology of animal antipredator defenses (in other words, how animals avoid being eaten). He has developed interactive programs for many outreach events across Nebraska to help the people feel more comfortable with arachnids, engage in science, and learn about the incredible biology that we can observe all around us.

No park permit is required in the Schramm Education Center parking lot.

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September 5, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Jen Ruyle, Outdoor Education Specialist


Schramm Education Center
21502 West Highway 31
Gretna, NE 68028
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