On the third floor of The Field Museum, hiding among labs and offices, is the Mary W. Runnells Rare Book Room. Located adjacent to the Library’s Reading Room, about 7,500 volumes and 3,000 pieces of art are contained within its temperature-and humidity-controlled space. Read more about Treasures Revealed: The Mary W. Runnells Rare Book Room
Blogs & Videos: Maps
In February I was fortunate to present a talk at the 2015 Wild Things conference on mapping tools for the local conservation community. My co-presenter, Daniel Suarez, from Audubon Chicago Region presented about the Restoration Map tool. This is a great way for local land stewards to track and monitor their work. My part of the talk focused on how to take accurate GPS data for including in Restoration map or other mapping projects. Read more about Demystifying Mapping: Low-Cost and Easy Tools for Mapping Natural Areas, Plus Other Fun Tech Tools
Learn more about FMWIS intern Sonia Leon, and her spatial analysis project researching urban coyotes within the Chicago region using a Geographic Information System (GIS). Read more about Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) Internships 2014 -- Sonia Leon
Each year the Society for Conservation GIS (Geographic Information Systems) hosts an Annual International Conference. The conferences are theme-based, addressing contemporary issues facing conservation efforts at all levels. For conservation GIS practitioners, the SCGIS Annual International Conference is one of the best forums to share their work and collaborate with colleagues. Read more about 2012 Society for Conservation GIS Annual International Conference.
This is a handy Excel formula I wrote to convert a coordinate in decimal degrees to degrees, minutes, and seconds. Read more about Converting DD to DMS in Excel
We are putting maps in with each species covered by a digital label for our permanent bird halls that will soon be unveiled as the Ronald and Christina Gidwitz Hall of Birds. Amy Schleser of our exhibit department has been working on a wide variety of maps she pulled together for various species. At a recent meeting, we went over a set of them. I have always loved maps, and we are trying to present some of the many different ways maps can illustrate interesting things about birds. One of our chosen species is Downy Woodpecker (Arlene Koziol took the great picture of the Downy). For this species, Amy created the map based on e-bird sightings for the Chicago region. Read more about The Bird Halls, maps, and Downy Woodpeckers in the Chicago region