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Explore the natural world this spring with a new lunchtime lecture series in the Wonder Cabinet

From Madagascar to the miracle of bird migration, this lecture series explores three different but equally fascinating aspects of our natural world


Diorama of badger family on display at NMI - Natural History

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, has just launched a new series of lunchtime lectures for adults, exploring three very different but equally fascinating aspects of our natural world - from the migration of birds to the wildlife of Madagascar.

The lecture series takes place in the Museum's newest interactive display and events space - the Wonder Cabinet. The first talk from 1.15pm to 1.45pm on 30 January is entitled What do Badgers get up to in the Dark? Aoibheann Gaughran will discuss her research on the elusive badger, its biology and behavior; and what signs to look out for if you think you might have badgers in your area.

The second lecture in the series is all about Ireland’s migratory bird populations. Watch the Skies on 27 February is a talk with bird expert Jamie Durrant on why Ireland is a haven and hub for key migratory bird species. This talk will explore the enormous distances birds travel to spend the summer on the Island and the everyday miracle of bird migration.

Jamie will also give some tips on how to identify different species and help them when they arrive.

Chameleon image courtesy of Rob Gandola

The third and final lunchtime lecture in the spring programme is on 12 March and is all about Madagascar. The talk, entitled Crocodiles, Chameleons and Forest Spirits - a Herpetologist's Dream! is with herpetological expert Rob Gandola, who will speak about the incredible diversity of reptile species on Madagascar and the equally colourful array of associated superstitions.

Rob will discuss some of the more unusual Malagasy reptiles, their folklore and how these could aid conservation efforts on this enigmatic island.

Booking is essential for all lunchtime lectures and places are limited so early booking is advised. Email educationnh@museum.ie or telephone +353 1 6486316.

These events are wheelchair accessible.