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Natural History Museum - First Friday

Where music, science, collections, and cocktails come together.

Tours—5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm

"Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Insects” 
With Lisa Gonzalez, Assistant Collections Manager, Entomology, and NHM BioSCAN Project
On a typical day in L.A., Museum biologists engage in not-so-typical approaches to study the city’s incredible and ever-changing biodiversity. Camera traps in Griffith Park are photographing mountain lions and coyotes. Local residents are photo-documenting native and introduced reptiles, and volunteers are sifting through asphalt from the La Brea Tar Pits, discovering the diversity of our region's past. This season's First Fridays tours explore how Museum biologists are "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife."

15 person capacity per tour. Tour tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Discussion—6:30 pm

“Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World” 
With Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of the Best Bees Company
If you eat food, then you need to know about bees. As pollinators, bees help produce over 130 fruit and vegetable crops. As an economic force, honey bees alone contribute over $14 billion to the U.S. economy each year. Yet, bees are dying. Peculiarly, urban beehives seem to be thriving. The recent popularity of urban beekeeping is more than just a fad—data show that honey bees might actually do better in cities. Are beehives a necessary part of city living?