This episode is brought to you by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois and the Museum Fur Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany. 2018 marks the hundred and twenty-fifth year anniversary of the Field Museum. By 1893 we had raised funds amassed collections from the World’s Fair, developed exhibit cases for display to the public and were…Continue reading 200 years, WWI & WWII, Communism: The Story of Berlin’s Natural History Museum
In 2015, Field Museum scientists published 226 books and papers and had their work cited more than 10,000 times. They studied specimens from every continent on the planet, including those in the ocean and others in outer space and in the process discovered 148 new archeological sites and 160 new species to science. We lent…Continue reading New Series Announcement! | Natural News from The Field Museum
My name is Emily Graslie and I’ve got one question, and one question only. And that is: What is a museum? What is a museum? It’s a place where they have lots of things. A museum is a place where the past lives. It’s a place you can go on the weekend and you can…Continue reading What is a Museum?
This is Dr.. Steve Goodman. He’s a field biologist here at the Field Museum and by here, I mean mostly everywhere but here. Since he was 19, Steve has studied animals and plants all over the world, first spending nine years in Egypt and Northern Sudan, and then working in Tanzania, Gabon, Central African Republic,…Continue reading Meet the Museum’s only Field Biologist
This is the story of a love affair between male Australian jewel beetles, and roadside trash. Julodimorpha bakewelli live in Australia’s arid western regions. They’re big, orange, and bumpy– and that’s how they like their females, too. In the 1980s, entomologists Darryl Gwynne and David Rentz noticed a few of these male beetles were desperately…Continue reading A Beetle’s Beloved Beer Bottle [60 Second Specimens]
Hey, so before we get into this episode two really quick updates. Number one, if you are anywhere near Berlin Germany We’re gonna be there in a week And we’re actually having a meet-up at the Natural History Museum there at 10:30 in the morning So there’s more information And a link to the eventbrite…Continue reading The ‘Sistine Chapel of Taxidermy’ – Conserving Akeley’s Elephants
– We’re looking for bats! Mario, our mammalogist, has set up a couple of mist nets that kinda traverse the trail that we have here, so there are some running this way and some running cross-ways. So bats will fly around kinda familiar paths at night, and oftentimes they’ll turn off their sonar if it’s,…Continue reading Two Bats and a Spider
Emily: Hey! We’re in a boat with Robb! Rob: I’m Robb. Emily: And our friend, Trevor. Trevor: Hello! Emily: And we’re on our way to go find one of the rarest plants in the world. It’s found on an island. Langham Island, in the Kankakee River. What’s the plant? Rob: What’s the plant? Emily: Yeah.…Continue reading The Search for the Kankakee Mallow
:intro jingle: Emily: We’re here in the egg collection with Josh Engel who’s a research assistant in birds. And Josh, what is your involvement with the Peregrine program? Josh: I go along on the banding efforts to help gather the young from the nests. And, then when they’re inside I help with the banding. And,…Continue reading Banding Baby Dinosaurs
Somewhere deep in the halls of the Field Museum in Chicago, there’s a diorama that’s missing. Legend has it that it’s been hidden behind a wall in the Asian Hall of Mammals for the last eighty-seven years. But where? Gaurs… Orangs… Diorama-sized green wall… Wait, diorama-sized green wall? It’s hollow. Let’s gut it! [Eleven minutes,…Continue reading Project Hyena Diorama: Indiegogo Campaign!