Citizen Science http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/104/all en Lizard Love Bites http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/lizard-love-bites <p>Have you recently seen lizards in L.A. that appear to be biting each other, or maybe they are trying to eat each other?&nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/lizard_lovebite_three.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/lizard-love-bites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/lizard-love-bites#comments Alligator lizards Citizen Science Dr. Greg Pauly lizard lizards Los Angeles love bite RASCals Richard Smart Blog Wed, 27 May 2015 22:55:09 +0000 Lila Higgins 870 at http://www.nhm.org/nature The Flight of Monarch Butterfly 64365 http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365 <p>Somewhere in L.A. a monarch egg hatched and out popped a tiny girl caterpillar. That caterpillar ate, and ate, and ate. She ate milkweed, the only plant she could, until she molted her skin. All told, she molted four times until she was a big, fat, stripy caterpillar with black tentacles. She made one last molt and formed a bright green chrysalis with shining golden spots. Two weeks later she emerged from that chrysalis as an adult, and then she flew. On November 17, 2014 she was spotted in the Museum&rsquo;s Nature Gardens. She was caught in a net, and gently removed by skilled hands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365#comments butterflies Citizen Science Monarch butterfly monarchs Nature Gardens Southwest Monarch Study Blog Wed, 20 May 2015 20:51:47 +0000 Lila Higgins 869 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Ankle Bracelets for House Sparrows http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ankle-bracelets-house-sparrows <p>Last week, husband and wife ornithologist team Kimball Garrett (Museum ornithology collections manager) and Kathy Molina (Museum Research Associate) partnered with citizen science staff to band house sparrows (<em>Passer domesticus</em>). We hope that by banding these birds, we&#39;ll be able to understand how they use our urban environment. These little brown birds are literally everywhere, yet not much is known about their local behavior. &nbsp;What we do know is that they are originally from Europe and were purposefully introduced to North America starting in the 1850s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ankle-bracelets-house-sparrows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ankle-bracelets-house-sparrows#comments bird banding Citizen Science color banding House Sparrows Kathy Molina Kimball Garrett Passer domesticus Blog Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:33:56 +0000 Lila Higgins 867 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Kid Citizen Scientist Finds First Snail for Project S.L.I.M.E. http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kid-citizen-scientist-finds-first-snail-project-slime <p>A few weekends ago, citizen scientists from all over L.A. came to the Museum to see what they could find hiding in the damp and cool shadows of our Nature Gardens. Twenty people joined Museum experts (Lindsey Groves and Florence Nishida) to search for slugs, snails, and fungi&mdash;those often overlooked decomposers that break down dead and decaying material. They were also the first people to test out our latest and greatest citizen science project, S.L.I.M.E.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kid-citizen-scientist-finds-first-snail-project-slime" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kid-citizen-scientist-finds-first-snail-project-slime#comments banded garden slug Citizen Science Florence Nishida fungus glass snail gray field slug Jann Vandetti Lindsey Groves mushrooms Project S.L.I.M.E. slugs snails Blog Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:09:38 +0000 Lila Higgins 862 at http://www.nhm.org/nature 115th Annual Christmas Bird Count @NHMLA! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/115th-annual-christmas-bird-count-nhmla <p>On December 28, everyday people from all over Los Angeles flocked to the Natural History Museum to help count the bird life of L.A.! Some came as beginners ready for an intro to birding from Kimball Garrett, one of the best and most well-known birders in town, who also happens to be the Museum&rsquo;s Ornithology Collections Manager. Others came because they were interested in contributing to this important bird census, but didn&rsquo;t plan to see any surprising or remarkable species in our small urban oasis. &nbsp;Little did they know they were in for some surprises.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/115th-annual-christmas-bird-count-nhmla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/115th-annual-christmas-bird-count-nhmla#comments Allen's Hummingbird American kestrel black-throated gray warbler Christmas Bird Count Citizen Science Common Poorwill Kimball Garrett Lincoln's sparrow Blog Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:13:21 +0000 Lila Higgins 857 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Green Anoles in Hancock Park! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-anoles-hancock-park <p>Dr. Greg Pauly,&nbsp;the Museum&#39;s intrepid curator of herpetology,&nbsp;just found a previously&nbsp;undocumented population of green anole lizards, <em>Anolis carolinensis, </em>in Hancock Park! This is&nbsp;the latest discovery in our increasingly popular RASCals (Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California)&nbsp;citizen science project.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/green_anole.jpg" /></p> <p>One of the Green Anoles, <em>Anolis carolinensis, </em>Greg found in Hancock Park.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-anoles-hancock-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-anoles-hancock-park#comments Anolis carolinensis chameleons Citizen Science Green Anoles L.A. County Fair little green lizards lizards for sale at the fair R RAAD RASCals Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California Blog Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:26:47 +0000 Lila Higgins 825 at http://www.nhm.org/nature LA 2050: Vote for NHM http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/la-2050-vote-nhm <p>Hey Angelenos, did you know you live in a biodiversity hotspot? That's right, our city is home to a MASSIVE amount of awesome, and sometimes rare, life. Life that is under threat and needs to be studied. We here at the Museum have been studying the life in our hotspot for a hundred years. To continue this tradition and to take it to the next level, we are inviting you to join us. Today we are launching a new initiative that will do this, NHM Urban Safari.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/la-2050-vote-nhm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/la-2050-vote-nhm#comments biodiversity biodiversity hotspot Citizen Science LA 2050 Los Angeles Los Angeles river Blog Thu, 04 Apr 2013 01:25:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 731 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Ladybugs Make Me Smile http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ladybugs-make-me-smile <p>A few weeks ago, I was having a terrible day at work. The next day, my friend and colleague, Kristina Lockaby, &nbsp;brought me a card that said, &quot;Ladybugs make me smile.&quot; This is so true.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ladybugs-make-me-smile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ladybugs-make-me-smile#comments Chilocorus cacti Citizen Science Ladybugs Lost Ladybug Project Richard Hayden twice-stabbed ladybug Blog Sat, 19 Jan 2013 05:00:00 +0000 admin 706 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Kindergartner Finds Greater Yellow Underwing Moth on North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kindergartner-finds-greater-yellow-underwing-moth-north-campus <p>This past weekend the Museum hosted the 26th annual Bug Fair. Over the course of 72 hours, more than 10,000 people visited us. These lucky visitors got to see, do, and taste many things. At Curator of Entomology Brian Brown's table, visitors were able to see the world's smallest fly from Thailand (oh and it just happens to be a brand new species in the genus <i>Euryplatea</i>). On our insect stage, they could meet Western Exterminator's bed bug sniffing dogs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kindergartner-finds-greater-yellow-underwing-moth-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kindergartner-finds-greater-yellow-underwing-moth-north-campus#comments Brian Brown Bug Fair Citizen Science David George Gordon David Gracer Entomophagy Greater Yellow Underwing Home Garden moth Noctua pronuba the Bug Chef Vanessa Vobis Blog Sat, 26 May 2012 02:52:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 695 at http://www.nhm.org/nature I Love My Job http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-love-my-job <div>So I get back to work yesterday morning after the long weekend, and this is what I find on my desk! </div> <div></div> <div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-93yXz_FFMm0/TeVIdAWyZkI/AAAAAAAAAEM/xOuKh5TmSAU/s1600/DSC04829.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="214" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-93yXz_FFMm0/TeVIdAWyZkI/AAAAAAAAAEM/xOuKh5TmSAU/s320/DSC04829.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-love-my-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-love-my-job#comments alligator lizard Citizen Science fungi lizards mushrooms shaggy parasol mushroom Blog Thu, 02 Jun 2011 02:05:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 627 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Community Science (aka Citizen Science) http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/community-science-aka-citizen-science <div>If you read the previous post, you already know the basic idea of the North Campus. Now let's talk more about citizen science. We have three citizen science projects, what we like to call Community Science, that anyone can participate in. </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/community-science-aka-citizen-science" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/community-science-aka-citizen-science#comments Citizen Science Community Science Exposition Park LA Spider Survey LLOLA Lost Ladybug Project Lost Lizards of Los Angeles Blog Thu, 10 Mar 2011 05:41:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 642 at http://www.nhm.org/nature