Plants

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Return to the Age of the Dinosaurs: 35-foot Pterosaurs and Hanging Gardens Are Joining the Titanosaur

In the spring of 2018, we’ll unveil a cast of the largest dinosaur ever discovered: a 122-foot-long titanosaur is coming to our main Stanley Field Hall. And while SUE the T. rex is moving to their own new gallery, the titanosaur won’t be lonely—it’ll be joined by life-size replicas of giant flying reptiles and hanging gardens inspired by plants that lived alongside dinosaurs, like ferns, cycads, and arums.

Dried plant specimen attached to paper, and a handwritten specimen label identifying the plant

DIY Plant Pressing

How does a plant specimen get turned into an herbarium sheet, ready for a Museum collection? In order for plants to be carefully cataloged and preserved so that they can be studied well into the future, they first have to be dried and pressed. You can do something similar at home—this DIY project is sort of like making a layer cake (or lasagna, depending on your tastes):

A plant with bright green stems and tiny yellow flowers; a plant with red fuzzy leaves

Steer Clear of Two Common Poisonous Plants—Here’s How

In Chicagoland, summertime means getting outside and enjoying the many parks and green spaces the city has to offer. While enjoying them, keep your eyes open for few plants that are a little deceptive—they look harmless but could cause discomfort. Here’s what you need to know about two plants common to the Midwest.  

A bright orange and black butterfly on a purple flower with yellow center

Every Flower Counts: Five Reasons to Add Native Plants to Your Garden

There are easy and specific things everyone can do to help out the monarch butterfly and other native pollinators. One action you can take is to beautify your yard: plant native plants, especially milkweeds, in your garden or in containers.

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Women in Science: Corine Vriesendorp, Conservation Ecologist

We're highlighting women in science at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from Corine Vriesendorp, MacArthur Sr. Conservation Ecologist, Director, Andes-Amazon program:

How did you get where you are today?

A firefighter spreading controlled fire in a prairie with tall grass

Restoring Plants With Fire in Calumet

This post was written by Iza Redlinski, a Conservation Ecologist in the Keller Science Action Center. She participated in this recent prairie burn. You may not think of winter as a time to prepare for spring flowers, but our ecologists are working hard to hopefully see some native plants emerge in a few months! 

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