Did you know milkweeds aren’t really weeds at all? In fact, they’re native plants with large pink, orange, or white flowers. In addition to their charm, plants in the genus Asclepias are the host plants for the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), meaning they are the only food for the monarch larvae, or caterpillars. Without milkweeds, the monarch butterfly has no chance for survival. Read more about How Milkweeds Can Save Monarch Butterflies And Beautify Your Garden
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, discover curiosities in our vaults with Emily Graslie, or see how our science is making an impact in the world around you.
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Explore the treasures of The Field Museum's collections with The Field Revealed video series.
Recent Blog Posts
If you’re gearing up to add native plants to your yard this spring, then congratulations! You’ll make your space more beautiful, with the added bonus of being hospitable to the butterflies and other pollinators (like bees, beetles, and birds) around you. Before you start (literally) digging in, take a moment to plan the layout of the garden (or a small strip of land along a fence—the pollinators will appreciate that as well). While doing this, take the following into consideration: Read more about Roll Up Your Sleeves: How to Grow Native Plants in Your Garden
Chicagoland used to be a vast prairie buzzing with life and supporting thousands of species of insects, birds, and other animals. As the area was developed and farmed, the landscape became fragmented, leading to the demise of many animal and plant populations. A recent—and very much publicized—effect has been the decline of the monarch butterfly, an insect that migrates annually from Mexico to Canada, spending a lot of time in the Midwest along the way. Read more about Every Flower Counts: Five Reasons to Add Native Plants to Your Garden
We're highlighting women in science at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from Chief Preparator, Fossil Vertebrates, Akiko Shinya: How did you get to where you are? Read more about Women in Science: Akiko Shinya, Fossil Preparator
We're highlighting women in science at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from MacArthur Associate Curator of Insects Dr. Corrie Moreau: How did you get to where you are? Read more about Women in Science: Corrie Moreau, Evolutionary Biologist and Entomologist
In a previous blog post, I talked about the definition of “fact” in a scientific context, and discussed how facts differ from hypotheses and theories. The latter two terms also are well worth looking at in more detail because they are used differently by scientists and the general public, which can cause confusion when scientists talk about their work. Read more about What Do We Mean by “Theory” in Science? (And How Turtle Shells Can Help Explain)
We're highlighting women artists at The Field Museum and exploring the intersection of art and science. Hear from Ann Prazer, exhibitions mount shop crew leader and mountmaker: How did you get your start as an artist? I have a BFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in both painting and photography. I’ve worked at art galleries, for photographers, and stumbled into this job because I had metalworking experience and had taken classes in museum studies. What does your job entail? What’s your day-to-day like? Read more about Women in Art: Ann Prazer, Mountmaker
We're highlighting women in science at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from Lesley de Souza, conservation biologist in the Andes-Amazon Program: How did you get to where you are? Read more about Women in Science: Lesley de Souza, Conservation Biologist
We're highlighting women artists at The Field Museum and exploring the intersection of art and science. Hear from Peggy Macnamara, artist in residence at The Field Museum and associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago: How did you get your start as an artist? Read more about Women in Art: Peggy Macnamara, Artist in Residence
The Field Museum’s collection includes many different objects: dinosaur bones, dried plants, and ancient artifacts, just to name a few. But there’s another fascinating collection here that you may not expect: books. They’re located in an active, working library, where researchers can make appointments to pore through books and documents on a wide range of subjects. Read more about Four Fascinating Finds in the Rare Book Room, from Audubon to Ole Worm