Virginia opossum http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/461/all en Spring Babies in the Nature Lab http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/spring-babies-nature-lab <p><span>There are only 17 days left until our Nature Gardens and Nature Lab&nbsp;exhibits open! This makes me extremely excited and a little bit nauseous.&nbsp;To cope with the&nbsp;craziness, all I have to do is go and visit&nbsp; our new Nature Lab babies. Just in case you&#39;re feeling stressed out too, here&#39;s some baby love&nbsp;for you:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/spring-babies-nature-lab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/spring-babies-nature-lab#comments Babies brown rats California newt Crayfish harvester ants Nature Lab Norway rats Opossum Virginia opossum Blog Wed, 29 May 2013 20:11:08 +0000 Lila Higgins 759 at http://www.nhm.org/nature What Do Animals Think About Fireworks? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/what-do-animals-think-about-fireworks <p>Last night many of us were enjoying the Fourth of July firework displays. Many of our pets were closed up indoors cowering under blankets, hiding under beds, or being generously shut up in bathrooms or garages. But what about the wild animals?Up to this point in my life, I had never paused to consider how wildlife might react to fireworks. Maybe this is just me, but until I got into work this morning and saw some footage and stills from our camera traps, I had never even stopped to think about it.Here are the images Sam Easterson sent me:</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/what-do-animals-think-about-fireworks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/what-do-animals-think-about-fireworks#comments animals and fireworks den fireworks Opossum Virginia opossum wildilfe Blog Fri, 06 Jul 2012 07:11:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 689 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 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