Blogs & Videos

Every day at The Field Museum we're exploring something new, whether it's hidden deep in our collections or being investigated out in the field. Tune in to our blogs and videos to learn about breakthrough discoveries firsthand from our Field Museum scientists, or discover what curiosity Emily Graslie has stumbled upon in our vaults, or see how our science is making an impact in the world around you.

The Brain Scoop

Check out what our Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Emily Graslie, has explored on The Brain Scoop!

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The Field Revealed

Explore the treasures of The Field Museum's collections with The Field Revealed video series.

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Science Newsflash

Science Newsflash brings you the most current scientific news stories from The Field Museum. 

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Recent Blog Posts

Using eBird to keep up with recent sightings in your area

There's a great feature in eBird that allows you to see recent checklists from whatever area you'd like, giving birders the ability to keep up with sightings in their area. As migration picks up, this function allows you to learn what's being seen at local hotspots, even if there are no posts to the local listserve or Facebook birding group. I don't think many birders are taking advantage of this function, so here I present an illustrated tutorial on how to access it.

Fishes in Guatemala - Peten II

After making our way to El Remate, along the shore of Lago Peten-Itza, we settled and prepared to start our sampling of the region.   We started the morning by collecting from the shore of the lake with cast nets and seines.  We collected several cichlid species that were targets for some ichthyologists in the group, such as Thorichthys affinis, ‘Cichlasoma’ urophthalmum, Petenia splendida, and Paraneetroplus melanurus.

Illinois to remove Peregrine Falcon from [state] Threatened Species List

Illinois to remove Peregrine Falcon from [state] Threatened Species List I read the above statement on the internet today (14 March 2015) so it must be true – right?!  Actually, it is.  During the 163rd meeting of the Illinois’ Endangered Species Protection Board (ESPB), on 15 August 2014, the board reviewed and approved the final draft for amendments to the Endangered & Threatened Species List.  Within these amendments was the delisting of the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).

Fishes in Guatemala: Las Verapaces

After a couple of days filled with sorting out logistics, and driving away from Guatemala City, we have sampled at our first localities (Las Verapaces - Baja Verapaz and Alta Verapaz Departments). Our localities so far have centered around the Rio Escondido and Rio Cahabon, both north of Guatemala City. We found livebearing fishes of the family Poeciliidae (e.g. Pseudoxiphophorous spp., Poecilia mexicana), as well as cichlids, tetras, and catfish.

Peregrine Shot

My approach to working with Peregrines has always been to try and do what is best for the birds but still help people affected by the falcons’ presence.  I strive to walk the middle of road and see both sides of a situation. It is understandable that someone may not want a Peregrine family living on their balcony.  It also understandable the need to preserve each Peregrine eyrie no matter where it is.  If I can find a way to resolve an individuals’ concerns yet ensure that in the long run the Peregrines can continue to breed, then I’ve done my work right.