‘Lemurs of Madagascar’ topic of Oct. 28 lecture at Burpee

Staff Report

Rockford native Abigail Ross will deliver a 70th Anniversary of Burpee Museum Lecture Series lecture from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, at the museum, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.

In her presentation, titled “Lemurs of Madagascar: Why Are They Unique? Why Should We Care?”, Ross will discuss the significance of research with the lemur populations of Madagascar. She will share findings from her current research in Madagascar. Ross will also talk about the maternal-infant behavioral relationships, stress responses, and food quality during lactation in Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered lemur, in northwestern Madagascar.

Ross is a Ph.D. candidate in evolutionary anthropology at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her dissertation research has taken her to Ankarafantsika National Park in northwestern Madagascar. Her dissertation explores the relationship of stress during lactation.

Ross graduated from Rockford Guilford High School in 2001. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and master’s degree in biological anthropology from Northern Illinois University.

Ross’ presentation is recommended for middle school ages and older. Admission is free to museum members, free with paid admission to the museum or $5 for the lecture only.

General admission to the museum is $10 adults, $9 children ages 4-12, and free for children 4 and younger and museum members. For more details, call the museum at (815) 965-3433 or visit www.burpee.org.

The 70th Anniversary of Burpee Museum Lecture Series is presented in honor of Steve Ellis, who died Nov. 5, 2011. Ellis was active on numerous community boards in Rockford. He was especially active with the Burpee Museum, having served many years on the board most recently as chairman of Governance Committee, with particular interest in exhibits and programs on natural history for the community.

The next lecture will be at 2 p.m., Nov. 25, with Dr. Joseph Peterson discussing “Dinosores — Injury and Behavior in Cretaceous Dinosaurs.”

From the Oct. 24-30, 2012, issue

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