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Published: July 31, 2012

More on Chicago's botulism outbreak: What to do?

Joshua Engel, Research Assistant II, Integrative Research Center

ABOUT AVIAN BOTULISM

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Published: July 30, 2012

Why are Montrose's shorebirds dying?

Joshua Engel, Research Assistant II, Integrative Research Center

On Thursday evening, July 26, I headed down to Montrose Beach--Chicago's most famous birding beach--after work to look for a couple of uncommon shorebirds--American Avocet and Willet--that had been reported there earlier in the day. The avocet was easy to find, but the Willet was nowhere to be found. Eventually I found it among a patch of weeds, dying.

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Published: September 23, 2011

Understanding Turtle Ants

Corrie Moreau is an Assistant Curator of Insects at the Field Museum and part of her research focuses on understanding the life history of turtle ants (Cephalotes varians). This species of ants is remarkable because of their dish-like heads that act as living doorways. In other words, large workers of turtle ants can use their heads to block the entrance of their nests and thus preventing intruders from coming in.

Corrie Moreau is an Assistant Curator of Insects at the Field Museum and part of her research focuses on understanding the life history of turtle ants (Cephalotes varians). This species of ants is remarkable because of their dish-like heads that act as living doorways. In other words, large workers of turtle ants can use their heads to block the entrance of their nests and thus preventing intruders from coming in.

 

In 2005, the 186,000 square foot Collections Resource Center was opened as a new facility for the storage of the Museum’s vast collections.  This new state-of-the-art facility was built on site, located below ground level and just south of the Museum’s historic building. It united many of the Museum’s diverse collections in a single place to provide extra space for larger anthropological and geological items and spark-proof storage for our many zoological specimens that are stored in alcohol.

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