Species names are important, and much like the species they refer to, names often change over time, too. Taxonomists have been struggling to keep track of them all since the origins of natural history. Binomial nomenclature, the standardized way in which scientists name species, was a major breakthrough. Read more about Video: What's in a Name?
"The city is just a pseudo-cliff," says Mary Hennen, explaining a Peregrine falcon's perspective on Chicago's landscape. The narrow ledges of Chicago's skyscrapers make ideal nesting sites for Illinois's wild Peregrine falcons--a species that might not be absent from the state in the first place if not for the Chicago Peregrine Program (CPP). Mary Hennen is the Collections Assistant in the Field Museum's Bird Division in addition to being the CPP's Director. She attributes much of the program's success to hard-working researchers and volunteers. Read more about Video: Recovering Peregrines with Mary
Building on his doctoral research at the University of Kansas, Peter Lowther takes us to the site of over twenty years of research on House Sparrows. Peter shows us that science can be found in all of our backyards; and specifically, in his yard in suburban Chicago. Read more about Video: The Birds In My Backyard