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Blogs & Videos: Birds
In this week’s episode of Natural News from The Field Museum, we’ve got updates about the sex lives of peregrine falcons, mouse lemurs as time machines, and new research on the formation of our solar system!
1. Peregrine Promiscuity.
“Sex in the City: Breeding behavior of urban peregrine falcons in the Midwestern US,“ Caballero et al. PLOS One (2016) Read more about Sex Lives of Peregrine Falcons & Time Travel Discoveries | Ep. 2
Merlin. Photo © John Picken / www.picken.com Read more about Merlin confirmed nesting in Illinois for the first time!
As many individuals do, I love to feed the birds in my backyard. With each spring and fall, I get excited to see what new birds may be stopping by on their way north or south, depending on the time of year. And like many birders, I keep a list. Read more about Celebrating the Protection of Migrant Birds
For the Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. Representing the Fierce Predators category, the terror bird and dire wolf were some intimidating prehistoric predators known for their hunting skills. Read more about Extreme Animals Competition: Terror Bird v. Dire Wolf
In our Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. Representing the Speedy Sprinters category, the pronghorn and the peregrine falcon are two of the quickest animals on land and in the sky. Pronghorn: Outrunning the competition Vital stats: Read more about Extreme Animals Competition: Pronghorn v. Peregrine Falcon
screen_shot_2016-08-02_at_11.53.49_am.png This week, join The Field Museum on Facebook for some friendly, hypothetical competition between members of the animal kingdom in our Extreme Animals Competition. Read more about Extreme Animals Competition
As we humans get ready to beat the summer heat, we’re taking a look at different ways animals thermoregulate, or keep internal body temperature stable. Here are just a few ways animals stay chill: Read more about Five Ways Animals Keep Their Cool
The things they do to keep their species going—whether they’ve got two legs or eight, moms are pretty amazing. Read more about Seven Animal Moms Almost as Good as Yours
The Field Museum is home to 30 million specimens that get sent around the world—most of the time, they’re used for scientific research, but this time, they wound up in an art museum right here in Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago has a new exhibition featuring Van Gogh’s paintings of bedrooms that explores his artistic influences and the concept of home. His fascination with homes included a collection of birds’ nests that became the subject matter of several of his paintings. Read more about Nesting: How Scientific Collections Helped Reveal an Artist’s Inspiration