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If you want to save a life, give blood—then stick around to learn more about nature’s life cycle.

Jul 09, 2013 -- 5:05pm

 

During the summer, vacations and other activities conflict with donation appointments for many regular blood donors, increasing the need.  Thursday, a blood drive is scheduled at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center from 2 to 7 p.m.  Go to redcrossblood.org to schedule a donation appointment—and after you donate blood, stick around for the Nature Center at Night program, “Nature’s Decomposers.” Wildlife biologist and forensic entomologist Bridget Jackson tells KZIM-KSIM that they will be discussing and viewing insects that break down and decompose animals when they die. Jackson says that the different species of flies and beetles have some very interesting adaptations to help them do their jobs, and are just one part of the time sequence that forensic scientists use to determine time of death.  She has even placed some dead animals out on the trail to measure insect activity and the level of decomposition.  The program is from 5 to 8 p.m. and youth and adult groups are welcome with no registration is required. 

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