Beautifully Tragic: A summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Finding rare beautiful orchids, being attacked by a ruffed grouse and being in the middle of a raging forest fire are just a few highlights on the journey to be discussed during a presentation given by Dr. Joe Thomasson, professor of biological sciences, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Thomasson spent the 2002 summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota hiking 120 miles through the hills looking for rare plants. Through his presentation slideshow, the audience will voyage through the exciting events of his work for the U.S. Forest Service.

The presentation will take place in the Engel Education Center at the museum. Admission for the program is $1 for the general public and free for all Sternberg members.

For more information about the presentation or the museum, contact the Sternberg Museum toll free at 1-877-332-1165 or visit the Web site at

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