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Feb. 12, 2009

Monthly movie series begins at UI Museum of Natural History

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will kick off its monthly movie series, "Movies @ MNH," with a screening of the PBS Nature documentary "Crash: A Tale of Two Species." The free, public viewing will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the Biosphere Discovery Hub, located in the Hageboeck Hall of Birds on the third floor of Macbride Hall on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

In the first movie of the series, "Crash: A Tale of Two Species," filmmaker Alison Argo examines the fragile relationship between the horseshoe crab and the red knot, a small shorebird that relies on the crab's eggs for survival during its strenuous 9,300-mile migratory journey -- one of the longest of any animal.

All other "Movies @ MNH" will be shown in Macbride Auditorium. Upcoming movie dates include:

--3 p.m. March 1, "Riches, Rivals, and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America."
--3 p.m. April 5, "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie."
--3 p.m. May 3, "Curious George."

The series will continue on a monthly basis throughout the summer.

The museum started the series last year to utilize the Macbride Auditorium as a film screening location, said Sarah Horgen, museum education and outreach coordinator. "We have this great auditorium in the building, and we thought that it would be a good venue for showing movies on topics related to the museum," she said.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information visit or call 319-335-0480.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Claire Lekwa