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|

Work With Us

Work With Us Current employment openings are listed on this page when positions are available.  We are currently hiring: Summer Camp Assistant Coordinator (Seasonal/Temporary) Summer Camp Instructor Public Programming Assistant   (Application deadline extended to April 9) Looking for volunteer information? We are not accepting volunteers in 2021 due to our major renovation.  [...]

2021-04-05T12:32:43-04:00March 3rd, 2021|

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|

Belemnites: Delaware’s State Fossil

Belemnites are fossil cephalopods related to the squids, octopods and cuttlefish that live in the ocean today. Belemnites went extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago, but their fossil remains are easy to find at the C&D Canal. Belemnitella americana was named the State [...]

2020-07-03T15:52:02-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Blog, Delaware Nature, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

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|

Fishy Behavior: Modeling a snack for a Giant Squid

Fishy Behavior: Modeling a snack for a Giant Squid The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) in the Museum’s atrium has become one of our iconic exhibits, with thousands gazing up to it in wonder every year. Look up, and you’ll see an orange roughy fish (Hoplostethus atlanticus), trying desperately to avoid the grasp of the [...]

2020-05-11T18:51:38-04:00March 30th, 2020|Blog, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Uncategorized|
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