Cue up the Marvin Gaye—we’ve got everything from moonwalking birds to snails shooting “love darts,” all in the name of keeping their species going. It’s Valentine’s Day, Field Museum style. Read more about The Birds and the Bees: The Seven Craziest Animal Mating Stories
Blogs & Videos: Birds
February 12 is Darwin’s birthday. To celebrate, check out some of the coolest things we have in our collections with a link to the Granddaddy of Biology himself. Read more about 5 Behind-the-Scenes Specimens with Links to Darwin
Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) photo by Nathan Goldberg. Read more about Of Ivory Gulls and Parasites
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Photo © Jeff Skrentny. Sibling birds-of-prey often play-fight with their talons. It's practice for hunting, fighting, and passing prey to a mate. But the Red-tailed Hawks in the photos below are adults. They probably got their talons locked together in a territorial battle. Apparently they were unable to unlock them, causing both birds to perish. Maybe they should have played more as youngsters. "To the victor go the spoils," the saying goes. Unless there is no victor. Read more about Things seen in the Bird Division #11: 'Til death do us part
Northerly Island, the Museum Campus park that occupies the peninsula where small planes once took off from Meigs Field, was re-opened last fall after a two-year, $9.7 million renovation project. I wrote a review of it at the time. Read more about Post-storm Northerly Island update
The Field Museum is home to about 30 million objects—including a handful of super creepy ones. Here are some of our favorites that walk the line between scientifically valuable and downright horrifying. 1. Freezers full of dead animals deer_head.jpg Read more about Eight behind-the-scenes specimens that will haunt your dreams
The power of museum collections often comes from volume: with a higher sample size, more can be learned with great precision. But sometimes you can learn a great deal from a single specimen, too. Read more about Things seen in the Bird Division #10: Where did the waxwing go?
It's been a long time coming: after more than two years of construction, this morning Northerly Island officially reopened. Although not "officially" open until 10am, many people were out early this morning enjoying the new paved walkway that loops through the southern 40 acres of the park. I was one of those people, hoping for some interesting migrants and checking out the site's birding potential. Read more about Northerly Island reopens!
The only White-winged Dove that I've seen in Illinois, on the campus of Northwestern University, Evanston, on 27 May 2007. © Josh Engel Read more about Illinois' first White-winged Dove specimen
BABY DINOSAURS IN THE CITY!... and we've been studying them for years! We talked with Field Museum ornithologist Josh Engel about how scientists gather information and take risks while monitoring these impressive aerial predators. Read more about Banding Baby Dinosaurs