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Freshwater Fishes of Texas Day to be celebrated Saturday (Feb. 17)

–>WHAT: The Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History will celebrate Freshwater Fishes of Texas Day. Admission is free. This event highlights freshwater fishes and their place in our world, and will include profiles of freshwater-fish species in Texas, discussion of fish diversity and a look at how fish fit into our lives and environment.

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AUSTIN, Texas—–>WHAT: The Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History will celebrate Freshwater Fishes of Texas Day. Admission is free. This event highlights freshwater fishes and their place in our world, and will include profiles of freshwater-fish species in Texas, discussion of fish diversity and a look at how fish fit into our lives and environment.

Through multi-media displays, underwater photographs and museum specimens, visitors gain an appreciation of the diversity and value of Texas fishes. Examine specimens and skeletons. See close-up pictures of fish habitats. Examine the intricacies of fish scales through a microscope. Hear fish calls on computer. And take home materials about the fishes of Texas.

The exhibit is a preliminary part of a multi-year research project that will finally consolidate all of the known scientific information on the freshwater fishes of Texas. It is a collaboration of the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and The University of Texas-Pan American.

The museum and gift shop will be open.

WHEN: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17

WHERE: The event will be held at the Museum, 2400 Trinity (two blocks north of the UT stadium). (Maps of UT Austin can be obtained at the following Web site: www.utexas.edu/maps/main).

BACKGROUND: Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History serves the public by preserving, studying and interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of Texas. Regular museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about museum events, visit TMMSH on the Web at: or call 512-471-1604.

CONTACT: Dianne Folkerth, education coordinator, Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History, (512) 232-5509 or e-mail: or Richard Bonnin, Office of Public Affairs, 471-3151.