In December, we hosted the first-ever Chicago Community Climate Forum. This event, which took place on the eve of the North American Climate Summit, brought together nearly 1,500 community members and 70 organizations under one roof—an encouraging sign of Chicago’s commitment to take action against climate change. Read more about No Napkin Left Behind: Why Zero Waste Matters
Blogs & Videos: Environment & Conservation
Humans take up a lot of real estate—around 50-70% of Earth’s land surface. And our increasing footprint affects how mammals of all sizes, all over the planet, move. Read more about Humans Take up Too Much Space, and That's Affecting How Mammals Move
PARASITE. Doesn't the word just make your skin crawl? (that's actually the worms living under your flesh... just kidding). Despite our "ick" reaction to these animals, they play important roles in their environments - and many are under threat. Read more about The Case for Saving PARASITES.
What’s fieldwork really like? And how do scientists decide where to go and how to search? Field Museum scientist, curator, and millipede expert Petra Sierwald describes a recent expedition. Read more about Collecting in Vietnam: The Search for Millipedes
A new study delves into bat conservation on the Solomon Islands, where flying foxes play an important role in local tradition: the bats’ teeth are used as currency. Read more about How to Save Giant Tropical Fruit Bats: Work with Local Hunters Who Use Bat Teeth as Money
The discoloration of birds in museum collections can be used to trace the amount of black carbon in the air over time and the effects of environmental policy upon pollution. Read more about What Soot-Covered, Hundred-Year-Old Birds Can Tell Us About Saving the Environment
Remember the movie The Princess Bride, when the characters debate the existence of R.O.U.S.es (Rodents of Unusual Size), only to be beset by enormous rats? That’s kind of what happened here. Read more about Tree-Dwelling, Coconut-Cracking Giant Rat Discovered in Solomon Islands
Conservation scientist Dr. Lesley de Souza is working with the people of Guyana to establish a new protected area. Their goal is to safeguard a watershed for animals like the arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. Read more about Preserving the Migration of Giants: Guyana's Arapaima
This is the seventh in a series of posts by Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Janet R. Voight as she heads out on an expedition to Norway. There, she and colleagues will look for a wood-boring clam, Xylophaga dorsalis, to study its, well, poo. Read more about Planning and Prospects: Will We Find the Mysterious Clams?
What does climate change have to do with algae blooms? And what it means for the Great Lakes. Read more about Does Your Lake Look like Pea Soup? Climate Change, Harmful Algae, and What You Can Do