Archive for March, 2010

Rare– Woodland Caribou Face Extinction

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Woodland Caribou – 46 (number remaining)

Rangifer tarandus caribou

New York State Zoo, Watertown, New York

The woodland caribou subspecies is nearly gone from the lower 48 states, their herds thinned by hunters and their migration routes blocked by oil pipelines. A few still cross from Canada into northern Idaho and Washington.

*** Rare is currently on display at the National Geographic Museum:

http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/exhibits/2010/03/18/rare/

The Terra Cotta Warrior Exhibit Ends Today!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

On Wednesday, March 31, the National Geographic Museum will host an array of activities in their courtyard from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to mark the closing of the exhibition. The evening will feature giveaways, music, table tennis, and Sauca [www.eatsauca.com] and Curbside Cupcake [http://curbsidecupcakes.com/] trucks selling food. With generous support from The PIMCO Foundation, 200 free day-of tickets will be available for the 6:00 p.m. exhibition viewing every Wednesday. Tickets will be distributed at 5:30 p.m. with a limit of two tickets per person.

The Warriors Three

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

I was bemused to read this recent post on the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit, where the author’s son, Conner, actually set off one of the exhibit alarms when he tried to touch a warrior. To read more of her account, click here.

Talkin’ Terra Cotta- A Fans Shares Her Thoughts!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Rare: The Demiss of the Dusky Sparrow

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Dusky Seaside Sparrow – 0 (number remaining)

Ammodramus maritimus nigrescens

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida

Slipping into extinction almost unnoticed, the dusky seaside sparrow—found mainly on Florida’s Merritt Island—declined from some 3,000 pairs to none. Its salt marsh habitat was impounded for mosquito control and taken over by the space program. The last dusky died in 1987.

*** Rare is currently on display at the National Geographic Museum:

http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/exhibits/2010/03/18/rare/

Talkin’ Terra Cotta- Fans React

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Blogger Review: Brain Popcorn? Yes, we think so too!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

The following is a blog excerpt taken from a National Geographic Museum fan…

Disclaimer: I totally love National Geographic. You, my astute readers, will have figured that out already.

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My family and I spent the long weekend in Washington DC, enjoying a little respite from New England snow, and taking in (as one does, when one lives in a museum-mad family and works in a museum) the cultural sights. Though I’d love to give detailed reviews of everything (kudos to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, for instance, for a fascinating exhibit design in “State of Deception: Nazi Propaganda” which I wish I’d had more time to explore), I’m going to focus on the original impetus for the visit, which was National Geographic’s Terracotta Warriors: Guardian’s of China’s First Emperor.

Sadly, there were no pictures allowed inside the exhibition, so I have no photos of my own to share. Fortunately, they bent the rules for their own bloggers, so there are some fabulous pictures of objects in the exhibition and at least some small sense of the layout available here. One of the things I thought they did best in this exhibit was that each element was allowed its own space: the exhibit areas weren’t over crowded, which was important given how many people were trying to view them, and where two or three statues or other artifacts were placed together, it made sense and helped advance the ideas and context which the audioguide and interpretive panels were trying to convey.

Read more here: http://brainpopcorn.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/review-emperor-qins-terracotta-warriors-at-national-geographic-hall/