Scientists learn more about hummingbirds and their sense of smell

Scientists learn more about hummingbirds and their sense of smell Hummingbirds are best known for their small yet powerful wings, but did you know they also have an active sense of smell?  In a recent study done by the University of California, Riverside, and funded by the National Science Foundation, [...]

2021-10-22T15:12:33-04:00October 22nd, 2021|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight|

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Eggs were around long before there were chickens. In addition to birds, mollusks, fish, insects, frogs, reptiles, and even some mammals lay eggs. These mammals are known as monotremes. The closest living relatives of birds include crocodiles, lizards, snakes, and turtles, all of which lay [...]

2021-10-08T13:08:15-04:00October 8th, 2021|Birds, Blog, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Uncategorized|

Asbestos Abatement: Preparing taxidermy for exhibit in the new galleries

Among the dramatic taxidermy appearing in the new Museum galleries is a Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus). The bear will stand on a model iceberg in the Arctic tundra exhibit as part of the Global Journey Gallery. Currently in storage in the Collections & Research Division, the specimen needed to be removed from its stand and [...]

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|

A Lesson in Bioluminescence

A Lesson in Bioluminescence Curator of Mollusks Liz Shea, Ph.D. has been working hard on new exhibits for the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, including Diel Vertical Migration and Submersible Interactive exhibits. Diel Vertical Migration is a form of migration when organisms move to the uppermost layer of the sea during the night, [...]

2021-03-15T15:05:39-04:00March 12th, 2021|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Museum Metamorphosis|

Florida’s Living Jewels

Liguus fasciatus, or “living jewels,” are colorful tree snails living in southern Florida, Cuba, and Hispaniola. There are more than 50 different named color varieties. In the Florida Everglades, they are found in hardwood hammocks, which are dry habitats with hardwood trees at a higher elevation than most of the Everglades. DMNH has thousands [...]

2021-01-25T12:34:03-05:00January 25th, 2021|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

From the Archives: Collectors help the Museum crack the case of a missing specimen

Shell shock: Collectors help the Museum crack the case of a missing specimen Forty-seven years ago, celebrated shell collector Jack Lightbourn hauled a new species up with his large catch of mollusks off the coast of Bermuda. The prime sample of the species, later named C. lightbourni, was sent to [...]

Mobilizing millions of marine mollusks

Mobilizing millions of marine mollusks DMNH has teamed up with scientists at several major museums and universities for a $2.3 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to digitize data for more than 4.5 million marine mollusk specimens such as mussels, oysters, clams, and snails collected along the Eastern seaboard from the U.S.-Canada [...]

2020-12-16T10:52:53-05:00December 16th, 2020|DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

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|
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