Keep abreast of the new additions to a Purple Martin family at University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Institute of Houston through a live 24-hour webcam of their nesting area.

Watch as male and female birds, Violeta and Azul, prepare their new hatchlings to fly on their own.

Purple Martins usually make their first appearances in Texas in late April, with Violeta and Azul being spotted at the university May 19.

The countdown has begun for their journey out of the nest — typically 26 to 32 days after hatching.

UHCL Film and Speaker series

Claim your front-row seat at the UH-Clear Lake for a presentation of “Particle Fever,” a film that follows scientists as they recreate one of our generation’s most significant and inspiring scientific discoveries, the launch of the Large Hadron Collider.

“Particle Fever,” along with a presentation by UHCL Assistant Professor of Physics Samina Masood, will be aired at 7 p.m. Saturday in the university’s Student Services and Classroom Building Lecture Hall, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.

This film is free and open the public.

UHCL professor to join leadership institute

UHCL Associate Professor Kim Case has been invited to join the American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women, which encourages and enriches the academic and professional success of women in psychology.

Case earned her doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate level psychology courses at UHCL.

In addition to her role as a professor at UHCL, she is also co-director of the Teaching-Learning Enhancement Center, a facility that supports the professional and educational growth of UHCL faculty members and the Program Director for the Women’s Studies department.

Visit or call 281-283-3334.

Nature camps help kids learn about surroundings

Kids can have fun in the sun and learn about nature as UHCL’s Environmental Institute of Houston hosts three summer camps.

The institute serves to educate the community about environmental issues, as well as work to preserve the natural beauty of UHCL’s campus and surrounding areas.

Activities for 2014 camps include bird watching, making and looking for animal tracks, fishing, geocaching and more. Camps available include the following:

• Discovering Nature: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., today through Thursday, first through third grades;

• Citizen Science Nature: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 16-19, third through fifth grades; and

• Hunger Games: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 23-26, sixth through ninth grades.

The camp fee is $135. All camps will be held at UHCL’s Environmental Institute of Houston, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.

Visit or call 281-283-3950.

Inside UHCL is compiled by the communications department at the University of Houston Clear Lake.

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