Educating the public about the work done behind the scenes in the non-public areas is important to the mission of the Field Museum of Natural History. By sharing our collections and the research we do we can stimulate an interest and understanding of natural history and the how we fit into world around us. Read more about Peregrines, Dermestids & Social Media
Real lovebirds, as in the genus Agapornis. This is a bird blog, afterall. Read more about Bird of the week: Valentine's lovebirds
Working at the Field Museum, I get to see some pretty special things. Whether it's because of rarity, antiquity, or something that's just plain weird, the museum provides surprises in abundance. Today was one of those days where routine gave way to surprise when Dylan Lott, a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), showed up needing help identifying feathers. These weren't just any feathers, they were feathers attached to incredible artifacts that a UIC professor had collected from an Amazonian tribe called the Parintintin in the late 1960s. Read more about What are the feathers in those Amazonian headdresses?