Blogs & Videos: Environment & Conservation

Science Action Center Presents the Big Picture in Energy Efficiency Programming

How can a museum help communities engage residents in action that is good for the planet? By helping them learn from the big picture. On May 12th, anthropologists from The Field Museum’s Science Action Center convened community leaders in the South Chicago neighborhood to learn about community-based energy efficiency programs from around the country.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 1 - Early Land Plants

Liverworts, hornworts and mosses may not seem like much at first glance, but big things can come in small packages!  About 450 million years ago liverworts made the jump from water to land and completely altered the evolution of life on Earth.  They can be used to assess environmental pollution, and contain chemical compounds which show activity against certain cancer cell lines and HIV. 

Ovenbird in the House

Last Saturday while out for my morning stroll with my dog I noticed a small bird on the ground in obvious distress, likely from crashing into a window.  I pick the little bird up and brought him home. It was a small bird with an olive colored back, speckled underside, and a dull orange crest. My wife took a few photos of our feathered visitor which we emailed to Dr. Dave Willard, an ornithologist at the Field Museum, who reported back that we had found an ovenbird.