Sam Easterson http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/394/all en What's that Bird of Prey Eating? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whats-bird-prey-eating <div>We've had another visitor at the pond. Since it's a bird, Kimball was kind enough to write this week's post!</div> <div></div> <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5KuoVhU0Fdo/UEFLKXKDdgI/AAAAAAAAArc/wT1gPZzfKzc/s1600/1.CoopersHawk.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5KuoVhU0Fdo/UEFLKXKDdgI/AAAAAAAAArc/wT1gPZzfKzc/s400/1.CoopersHawk.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whats-bird-prey-eating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whats-bird-prey-eating#comments Accipter cooperii bird of prey birds Cooper's Hawk hawks Kimball Garrett National Audubon Society's Blue List Sam Easterson Blog Sat, 01 Sep 2012 06:54:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 721 at http://www.nhm.org/nature We've Got Flying Neon Toothpicks in Our Pond http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond <p>I admit it! I totally stole the title of this week's blog from my Facebook friend John Acorn, aka The Nature Nut. To be specific, I gleaned this gem of a title from one of his books, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Damselflies-Alberta-Flying-Toothpicks-Insects/dp/0888644191" target="_blank">Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass</a></em>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond#comments damselflies dragonflies Flame Skimmer Ischnura cervula John Acorn Kimball Garrett Libellula saturata Odonata Pacific Forktail Pantala flavascens Sam Easterson The Nature Nut Wandering Glider Blog Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:26:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 723 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Who's Visiting the Pond? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond <p><span>On the tails<span>&nbsp;(</span>mammal and&nbsp;bird&nbsp;tails that is)&nbsp;of last week&#39;s post, I thought I&#39;d continue to focus your attention on our wonderful new pond. Sam Easterson has set up some of his trusty camera traps next to the waterfall to see who might be visiting the pond. Check out the following images to see what he has found so far.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><span>Nighttime is busy at the pond!</span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond#comments American Crow birds Black-headed Grosbeak Camera trap cats mammals Mourning Dove Pond Sam Easterson Swainson's Thrush Virginia opossum Warbling Vireo Western gulls Western Kingbird Western Tanager Blog Fri, 11 May 2012 04:27:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 697 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Hey People We've Got Baby Opossums http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hey-people-weve-got-baby-opossums <div>Remember back in <a href="/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil" target="_blank">December</a>, when I said I&#39;d let you all know if we had baby Virginia opossums, <em>Didelphis virginiana</em>? Well it&#39;s&nbsp;spring, and right on cue they&#39;re here! Sam Easterson&#39;s camera traps have caught the babies (we think there are three) on video over the last week, and although many people don&#39;t find opossum babies cute, there are a few of us here at the Museum that do. Check them out and make your own assessment.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hey-people-weve-got-baby-opossums" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hey-people-weve-got-baby-opossums#comments Babies Camera trap Opossum Sam Easterson Virginia opossum Blog Fri, 13 Apr 2012 07:54:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 701 at http://www.nhm.org/nature North Campus DIY http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy <p>This week I've been working with Jared Nielsen, one of the Museum's Exhibit Technicians, who also happens to be a DIY (Do it Yourself) enthusiast. With his help we've managed to build and install two nest boxes and launch our first garden surveillance balloon!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy#comments balloon mapping birds DIY do it yourself European Starlings Grassroots Mapping House Sparrows Jared Nielsen Kimball Garrett nest boxes Sam Easterson Western Bluebirds Blog Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:10:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 703 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Breaking and Entering: Squirrel Moves into Opossum Den http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den <p><span>We have another new sighting for the North Campus. A California ground squirrel has been spotted using the </span><a href="/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil" target="_blank"><span>opossum den</span></a><span> located underneath one of our Museum sheds. So far it seems that both the opossums and the squirrels are sharing the space!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den#comments California ground squirrel Camera trap Jim Dines mammals Otospermophilus beecheyi pests Sam Easterson squirrels Blog Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:49:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 665 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Opossums Love Tin Foil! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil <p>A few weeks ago, Sam Easterson followed a trail of tin foil and discovered the den of a Virginia opossum, <em>Didelphis virginiana</em>, underneath one of the Museum's storage sheds. Since then he set up camera traps around the den to see what was going on. This is what we found...<strong>A night of tin foil escapades.</strong> What on Earth are they doing with all the tin foil? Tin foil hats to ward off alien thought control maybe?</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil#comments den mammals nest Opossum Sam Easterson tin foil Virginia opossum Blog Thu, 29 Dec 2011 05:41:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 675 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Scat: Owls and Opossums Oh My! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/scat-owls-and-opossums-oh-my <p>Mystery abounds in the North Campus, for who&#39;s been leaving scat under the footbridge? I discovered a vast array (about 10 pieces) of scat while I was searching for fungi a few weeks ago, and of course I snapped some pictures to try and identify our most recent visitor.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/scat-owls-and-opossums-oh-my" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/scat-owls-and-opossums-oh-my#comments anima scat animal poop Bird List Burrowing owl Camera trap Jim Dines Opossum poop raccoon Sam Easterson scat Blog Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:44:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 679 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Vaux's Swifts and Ghetto Birds http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/vauxs-swifts-and-ghetto-birds <div>This past Monday a few of us embarked on a real urban nature adventure. We traversed the city streets of Los Angeles to witness one of the coolest nature spectacles I have ever seen in downtown Los Angeles, 6,500 Vaux's Swifts, <em>Chaetura vauxi<span>,</span></em> spiraling into an old building shaft!</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/vauxs-swifts-and-ghetto-birds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/vauxs-swifts-and-ghetto-birds#comments birds downtown Los Angeles ravens Sam Easterson Vaux's Swift Blog Sat, 24 Sep 2011 00:17:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 652 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Paper Wasps Sting Museum Taxidermist! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/paper-wasps-sting-museum-taxidermist <p>When Tim Bovard, the Museum's taxidermist, told me about getting stung by wasps on the fourth floor patio, I had to investigate, especially since I sometimes eat lunch up there. During a much needed afternoon break from my computer, I went in search of the offenders. <div>What I found on my afternoon foray were some large and impressive nests, definitely worthy of a blog entry. So of course I asked Sam if he would take pictures for me, and I went to work identifying them. </div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/paper-wasps-sting-museum-taxidermist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/paper-wasps-sting-museum-taxidermist#comments insects Paper wasps Sam Easterson Tim Bovard wasps Blog Tue, 13 Sep 2011 06:51:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 653 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Dog's Vomit in the North Campus! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/dogs-vomit-north-campus <p>Why would I write about finding dog&#39;s vomit in the North Campus? Because it is,&nbsp;contrary to&nbsp;what you might&nbsp;think, an awesome type of fungus, a slime mold!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/dogs-vomit-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/dogs-vomit-north-campus#comments dog's vomit fungi Sam Easterson slime mold Blog Fri, 02 Sep 2011 06:57:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 654 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Hummingbirds: Born to be Sword Swallowers! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hummingbirds-born-be-sword-swallowers <div>We've got more bird babies at the Page Museum (you know the one at the La Brea Tar Pits)! We were informed about an Allen's Hummingbird, <em>Selasphorus sasin</em>, nest in the atrium about two weeks ago, and jammed over to scope out the scene. When we arrived we found two tiny eggs in a beautifully crafted nest, suspended about ten feet up in one of the plants.</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hummingbirds-born-be-sword-swallowers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hummingbirds-born-be-sword-swallowers#comments Allen's Hummingbird Babies hummingbirds Page Museum Sam Easterson spider webs Blog Fri, 27 May 2011 02:52:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 628 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Bushtits Move In http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bushtits-move <p><strong>New Neighbors</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>A pair of Bushtits, <em>Psaltriparus minimus, </em>just built their nest in the live oak tree behind the Butterfly Pavilion.&nbsp;Kimball Garrett, our resident bird expert, found the nest this Monday and promptly sent me an e-mail detailing the nest&#39;s location. As soon as I got into work on Tuesday morning, I headed out to the Butterfly Pavilion to check it out.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bushtits-move" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bushtits-move#comments Babies birds Bushtit Butterfly Pavilion Kimball Garrett nest Oak tree Sam Easterson Trees Blog Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:18:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 634 at http://www.nhm.org/nature