Science Cafe

A Science Cafe audience

Hot Topics, Real Science

Get ready to talk science face-to-face with actual scientists.

Our Science Cafés address the latest hot science topics in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. The events  are open to everyone (21 and older).

Using plain language, an easygoing atmosphere and inclusive conversation, these interactive events are welcoming and comfortable for people with no science background. Each presentation is followed by a question-and-answer period.

Upcoming Speaker

Kathy Fischer, Raptor Program Manager at Fontenelle Forest

Kathy Fischer and Patty Albright

“The Science of Owls”
May 14, 7pm @ Slowdown

Kathy Fischer is the Raptor Program Manager at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, Nebraska. Kathy has worked with birds of prey for 10 years and manages our amazing team of dedicated raptor volunteers, who feed and care for all of the unreleasable birds who live in the Raptor Woodland Refuge at Fontenelle Forest.

Patty Albright, Raptor Volunteer at Fontenelle Forest

Among these volunteers is Patty Albright, who has given her time to caring for Fontenelle Forest's raptors for over 20 years.

Additional Information about Fontenelle Forest our café partner:

Fontenelle Forest's Raptor Woodland Refuge is a unique canopy-level exhibit thirty feet above the forest floor. Designed according to the natural habitat of the rescued birds housed within these mews, the Raptor Woodland Refuge is home to over two dozen birds of prey including Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures, a Swainson’s Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Gyrfalcon, Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Screech Owl, and more. All of the raptors who live at the Forest are non-releasable due to a variety of factors, many involving previous injuries. These birds would not survive on their own and cannot be released.

Some of these non-releasable birds have joined our roster of educational birds for outreach and education programs. These programs allow our staff and volunteers the opportunity to speak to the public about the vital role raptors play in our ecosystem and conservation efforts to protect them for generations to come.

To learn more about the birds of prey that call Fontenelle Forest home and how you can support our efforts in raptor conservation and education, visit

Additional info about the café:

Get ready for an interactive Science Café featuring Fontenelle Forest. There will be owls! See owls up close and personal, plus attendees will have the opportunity to dissect owl pellets.