Up on the roof: How flying a kite is part of bird research

Like many biologists, Jean Woods, Ph.D., Director of Collections/Curator of Birds, is fascinated by the migration of birds. Though researchers have done in-depth studies of bird migration in general, the ability to track the journey of small-bodied birds has remained a mystery for years. Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international collaborative research network [...]

2021-04-01T12:25:13-04:00April 1st, 2021|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight|

How much do you know about turkeys?

Gobble, Gobble What do you know about turkeys? Learn more from Dr. Jean Woods, Director of Collections and Curator of Birds at DMNH. At Thanksgiving, many people’s thoughts turn to turkeys. But how much do you really know about turkeys, except that they make a fine Thanksgiving dinner? For example, did you know there [...]

2020-12-16T11:07:58-05:00November 25th, 2020|Birds, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight|

Extinct wonder recreated by local artist’s Elephant Bird mural

  This egg, from the extinct elephant bird, was one of the largest bird eggs in the world. Extinct wonder recreated by local artist's Elephant bird mural The massive elephant bird egg on view at the Delaware Museum of Natural History fascinates visitors as a highlight of the extensive bird egg collection. [...]

2020-05-11T15:44:49-04:00April 13th, 2020|Birds, Blog, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Uncategorized|

Modern dinosaurs: A look at some of the heaviest, biggest, and most remarkable giants of the bird world

Modern dinosaurs: A look at some of the heaviest, biggest, and most remarkable giants of the bird world Birds are widely believed to be the closest living relatives of dinosaurs. Feathers, hips, and wishbones are among the similarities scientists use to link theropods to birds over millions of years. The extinct elephant bird was [...]

2020-06-15T17:20:50-04:00March 28th, 2020|Birds, Blog, delmnh at home, Uncategorized|

Happy Holidays 2019: The Museum’s holiday card

Wishing you a bountiful holiday season filled with exploration, discovery, and natural wonder. The 2019 DMNH holiday card includes a display currently in the Museum’s archives. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, natural history-related items including taxidermy birds and animals were popular displays, protected under glass in curiosity cabinets or under domes. [...]

2021-03-17T16:00:57-04:00December 13th, 2019|Birds, Blog|

Natural History Specimen data are coming to a classroom near you

Natural History Specimen data are coming to a classroom near you Theresa Tran, Biology student at Widener University, geolocating a mollusk specimen to determine where it was collected. Have you ever wondered who uses the Museum’s specimens and their information? The Museum and Widener University have just received funding from the [...]

2021-03-17T15:55:18-04:00October 17th, 2019|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

Nadinni Sousa’s Research at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

Research Spotlight: Visiting scientist Nadinni Sousa of the University of Brasilia   Nadinni Sousa is a second year Ph.D student studying at the University of Brasilia. She came to the Delaware Museum of Natural History to research whether bird breeding biology is affected by climate change. Sousa works for the Ministry of the Environment [...]

2021-01-07T13:51:49-05:00October 7th, 2018|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight|

First Brokaw fellow starts at DMNH to work on second Breeding Bird Atlas project

by Lindsay Townsend The Delaware Museum of Natural History welcomed its first Howard and Dede Brokaw Ornithology Fellow, Alex Johnson, to the museum this summer. Johnson spent the summer helping the museum’s Curator of Birds and Director of Collections, Dr. Jean Woods, write up the results of Delaware’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas [...]

2020-06-15T17:07:52-04:00August 10th, 2018|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight|
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