Old Band Shell

Location: Okemos, MI 48864, USA


From 1938 to 1960, a band shell stood on this location (marked by an interpretive sign) near the Red Cedar River. This was another site where dead robins were collected by Wallace’s team for analysis more than 50 years ago.

When standing on the banks of the river, we are reminded that humans are part of the broader majesty and complexity that is the natural ecosystem of the Earth. Fifty years ago, people were inclined to believe that they could change the world as they wished, and fight nature with technology and chemicals. Today most of us are better aware of our place in the web of life, and that we better ensure our own survival and that of the millions of other species on the planet when we work with natural processes rather than against them.

If you are standing here in spring or summer, you may well see a robin. They often forage on lawns by standing and listening with cocked head for earthworm movements. Or you may hear one; their song is a sweet, slow, question-and-answer warble, one of the dominant and prettiest bird sounds we have.

From here, you can return the short distance to the MSU Museum. You will pass the Administration Building on your left, and arrive at the statue of John Hannah.

Alternative excursion: You can take a longer side trip, cross the Red Cedar River, and walk or drive to Lyman Briggs College and the Veterinary Medical Center where you will find other displays on current research at MSU.

Order: Stop 11

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