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SPARKing Change with Autism Research at HMNS
April 15, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Written by Dr. Robin Kochel, SPARK I will never forget the day that I learned that birds are dinosaurs. My family and I were visiting HMNS to finalize plans for my daughter’s birthday party on the Morian Overlook. This area provides a bird’s eye view of the Morian Hall of Paleontology which my parents had […]

HMNS Celebrates Deaf History Month
April 14, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

You may or may not know that National Deaf History Month is celebrated from March 13 to April 15. This time is used to highlight and celebrate all the accomplishments of those who are deaf and hard of hearing. This month of celebration was specifically organized for March through April to be in line with […]

Synchronized Emergence | The Sounds of Cicadas Will Soon Fill the Air
April 6, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

In mere weeks, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena will begin to take place in the Eastern part of the US – the synchronized emergence of trillions of periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.). These unusual insects have spent the past 17 years feeding underground, and once the soil temperature reaches about 64 degrees, they will […]

Where Winter and Spring Stars Meet | April 2021 Sky Happenings
April 5, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Mars continues to fade a little bit each night now that Earth has overtaken it and is pulling away. However, it fades out gradually; Mars remains almost as bright as the stars around it in April 2021. And Mars is high in the west–well placed for observing right as night falls.  Jupiter and Saturn are the morning […]

Celebration: Earth | April is all about our Earth at HMNS
April 1, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Although Earth Day is officially set worldwide for Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is celebrating our planetary home throughout April with Celebration: Earth. All month long, Houston’s science museum is concentrating on our shared home with special nature- and conservation- themed exhibits, tours, and activities for everyone. “Because nature is […]

Help Save Millions of Birds with the FLIP of a SWITCH
March 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

If you’ve ever visited the Oak Motte diorama in the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, we’ve attempted to recreate the spectacular scene of Spring migration along the Texas Coast.  Each and every Spring, 2.5-3.5 billion birds make their way north to the continental US to settle into breeding mode in a more ideal environment to […]

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Help Save Millions of Birds with the FLIP of a SWITCH

Chris S. · April 20, 2021, 2:28 pm

An EXCELLENT article detailing bird collisions with buildings. It is up to all of us to get the word out and work with business partners to comply with TURNING THE LIGHTS OFF!

Barbara Robberson · April 15, 2021, 3:35 pm

I just have a suggestion about the print for this sight. Some of us have aging eyes. In fact, I imagine the better part of readers of this sight have aging eyes. This font color is very hard to read. I guess it was the "in" thing in lay-out design, but really...it is too light. I love this site but would welcome some changes.

The Best Fossil Hunting Day Trips from Houston

Jilliane Johnson · April 15, 2021, 3:08 pm

Good eye! The description has been updated.

Jim Huggard · April 15, 2021, 11:13 am

Whisky Bridge Crosses the Brazos River on State Highway 21, WEST of College Station (not east as stated in the above description).

Fill in the Blanks with Accessibility Programs Manager Matti Hammett

Anderson Obrain · April 13, 2021, 6:28 am

it's great and informative

The Nature of an Assassin: Harnessing Deadly Killers to Fight Pests

AG · April 13, 2021, 2:09 am

I don't recommend working for Anita Schiller. Her son made racist comments about black people in a group text that she was a part of. She didn't respond to his comments until hours later after I and another member of the group denounced them. A person who condones racism, especially in their own family, shouldn't be working for the county.

For all the future Entomologists out there…

Erin M. · April 8, 2021, 9:18 am

Hi Lauren! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my article and found it helpful! Here are some answers to your questions... 1. Well, you really only need one degree to start out and then, depending on what you want to do, you may need a more advanced degree. Your first degree, or Bachelors degree, should be in entomology, or if your college does not offer that, a biology degree with lots of coursework in entomology. For example, some of my staff members at the butterfly center had a biology or ecology degree, but most of the classes they took focused on entomology. 2.Well, I'm a bit biased, but Texas A&M University has a top notch entomology program. I'm not sure where you live, but if it's in another state, I would start looking into programs that are available at colleges there and see if there is anyone you can reach out to for information. 3. Educational institutions are probably going to be your best bet for a job that allows you to travel. Research typically requires it. So, this would mean working and studying at a university, or maybe even a museum or zoo. The US government also has entomology related jobs that could allow you to travel. 4. There are definitely internships for entomology! Most internships are designed for college students. In the mean time, you can probably volunteer at a zoo or museum near you. We have had lots of young volunteers at the butterfly center and volunteering is a great way to gain experience that will help you in the future! Good luck to you and thanks for reading our blog!!

HMNS In Our Nature | Experiencing the Outdoors from the Ground Up

Jilliane Johnson · April 7, 2021, 9:17 am

Send an email to the Director of HMNS Sugar Land at kself@hmns.org for your group class inquiries. She'll be happy to help.

Artifacts from the Historic POMPEII Eruption have Arrived in Houston

Jilliane Johnson · April 7, 2021, 9:15 am

Thank you for your interest, Will. There is a mix of 1st run and later runs of the casts. The 2 in question have been casted a number of times, hence the lack of details. As for the one on the stairs...that is how it was cast...so it is indeed a real cast...just done a number of times. As a rule of thumb...the more detail a cast has the older and the probability of it being less cast than others. The museum in Pompeii has a large number of multiple casts that they cycle through. They are all real and looked after by the people at the Pompeii Museum either through images or when not dealing with covid they send a person out at every venue.

For all the future Entomologists out there…

kaitlynne · April 7, 2021, 8:02 am

hi, im 15 and i want to be an entomologist too

Help Save Millions of Birds with the FLIP of a SWITCH

Janise · March 31, 2021, 1:43 pm

This is really good information. We need to do our part, spexialy if we have dusk to dawn lighting.

On Retirement | A Letter from Charro

Marlenne Noriega · March 28, 2021, 11:46 am

We are going to miss you Charro. We always look for you when we visit, you've been a part of the museum since my nearly 12 years old son was born. Hope we see you again to say hello some time.

Bakker Blogs: Rapscallion dino rustlers and the paleontological gold rush of the American West

Kirk Haas · March 25, 2021, 3:49 pm

Frederick Fletcher Hubbell and Frank Zebina Hubbell are the Hubbell brothers of this article. I am the great grandson of Frank. My great aunt Arvilla (Frank's daughter) spoke of them going to dig up dinosaur bones in Wyoming. What a find! I never knew this before.


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