Department of Environmental Conservation’s

Spring 2011 Seminar Series

Room 305 Holdsworth Hall


“Tracking Invertebrates” – Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney – Eiseman Ecological Services and University of Massachusetts, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology 

Seminar Abstract:

For forty days and forty nights, naturalists Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney traveled the continent. They returned with thousands of photographs, not of Yosemite’s grand vistas or Yellowstone’s bison herds, but of tiny eggs stuck to flagpoles, origami made by beetles, and the artfully crafted portable houses of caddisfly larvae. The trip was field work for their new book, Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, which won the 2010 National Outdoor Book Award
for best nature guidebook. Egg cases, cocoons, galls, leaf mines, burrows, nests, and many other curiosities are illustrated in the book’s pages. In this talk, the authors will show images of exquisite invertebrate-created objects, discuss mind-boggling natural history, and share amusing anecdotes from their eccentric journeys.

This seminar is open to all students, faculty, and the general public.