Blogs & Videos: Environment & Conservation

Another Successful Chicago Southland Green Drinks

The Field Museum's Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation was excited to help organize and host the third bi-monthly Chicago Southland Green Drinks at Harborside International Golf Center located in the Calumet region of Chicago.  The event drew attendees representing business, non-profits, academia, government, and interested residents.  

Prairie Dock: Up Close and Personal

Prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum), a member of the Sunflower family, is one of my favorite prairie plants.  We saw several at a recent, ECCo-led, volunteer stewardship workday at Beaubien Woods in the Calumet Region. The plant has huge (1-2 ft) leaves covered in rough hairs, as seen in this photo. The best part about prairie dock is its insanely deep root system which can reach depths of 14 ft or more below ground. This deep root system can penetrate the water table, allowing prairie dock to withstand long periods of drought. 

Science at FMNH : Ep. 5 - The Emerging Pathogen Project

The Emerging Pathogens Project samples birds, small mammals, and their pathogens and parasites to study emerging threats to environments and human health.  This joint project between The Field Museum and University of Chicago's Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology will result in collections that can provide a baseline to study current and emerging diseases.