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A Few Daytrips From Houston That Offer Surprisingly Rewarding Experiences
July 13, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Everyone knows that traveling is a rewarding experience, but there seems to be a misconception as to how far you have to go to attain this elusive “reward”. I’m not the most seasoned traveler on earth, but I’ve been to a few different countries and some pretty exotic destinations and I’m here to tell you […]

Weird And Unexpected Pollinators Who Help Keep Our World’s Ecosystems Going!
July 11, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  With National Pollinator Week behind us, it may be easy to focus on other issues and forget that pollinators need our help to bounce back. While many people only envision little honeybees when they think about pollinators, they couldn’t be a more diverse group of animals, including mammals, birds, insects, and even reptiles! Here […]

Cool Stuff To Do This Week At HMNS
July 9, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Behind The Scenes Tour of Our Cockrell Butterfly Center Plus Greenhouses Go behind the scenes with Museum entomologists and horticulturists who care for the plants and animals in the three-story rainforest terrarium. The tour includes areas not open to the public–the greenhouses on the 7th floor of the parking garage and containment room. Tuesday, July […]

HMNS’ Stargazer’s Guide To July 2018: How To Find Planets And Constellations Plus Celestial Happenings To Look Out For
July 6, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

    The Big Dipper is above the North Star, with its handle pointing up.  From that handle, you can ‘arc to Arcturus’ and then ‘speed on to Spica’; those stars are in the west at dusk.  Leo, the Lion, is also in the west at dusk.  Jupiter is to the left of Spica in […]

A Brief History Of Fireworks And Why We Pop Them On The 4th of July
July 4, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Happy Independence Day! Are you going to blow some stuff up today? Well, before you do why don’t we examine just why exploding things is an appropriate way to show everyone how happy we are to be free. It all started in China. Way back (some sources say it was around 200 B.C.) someone discovered […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Visit HMNS This Independence Day Holiday!
July 2, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

For anyone looking for a fun way to spend their Independence Day holiday, here’s what’s happening this week at the Houston Museum of Natural Science! Behind The Scenes Tour Of Our Cockrell Butterfly Center Plus Greenhouses Go behind the scenes with Museum entomologists and horticulturists who care for the plants and animals in the three-story […]

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Richard Dowling, The Battle of Sabine Pass, and The Davis Guards Medal

Mike · July 12, 2018, 12:07 pm

Amanda, Hopefully this site is still alive and you receive this, Today I picked up a small box of Military medals, etc, and found an engraved medal with a green ribbon, my research shows its a davis guard medal 1863, engraved to an individual soldier, my question is this, is there a listing of soldiers in this unit?, I will forward this name to you at your request, photos are available also, kinda excited about this find, any information would be greatly appreciated. Mike Blus

100 Years – 100 Objects: Giant Longhorn Beetle

Tiffanee · July 12, 2018, 12:34 am

I got stung or bite or pinched my one of these!! My inner thigh is swollen and it wouldn't release

What Is The Deal With Brontosaurus?!

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Thank you very much Lauren! Glad you liked the blog.

HMNS Wants You! (To Help Monitor Texas Butterflies)

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Where can we submit our sightings? Do you have an ap that we can download and see other’s comments?

What Is The Deal With Brontosaurus?!

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I loved reading this! You are a great writer!

HMNS Weekly Happenings

Kati Norris · June 26, 2018, 11:24 am

Please consider making the text larger in this section. I pulled it up on my cell phone and barely see the small gray print, much less read it. I tried enlarging it but then had to keep sliding the screen back and forth to read it. Thank you. My husband and I recently became members and are enjoying the museum and it's benefits.

Katydid!…Did she?

Crystal · June 21, 2018, 3:19 pm

Thank you so much...! Ugh I'm so nervous/overprotective, I wish I could guarantee her protection and that she won't just be food the first day :/... but thank you for the advice and encouragement, it helps! It just rained so maybe I will let her free later this afternoon or tomorrow.

Color me Carmine: Cochineal bugs in our food and drink

Cristina · June 20, 2018, 6:28 pm

I got a very bad allergic reaction that lasted for months with several visits to ER which started right after eating raspberries from a farm. We never found out what it was, but it took months to clear it up. Now I wonder if that was related to this? Do raspberries have Cochineal?

Katydid!…Did she?

Erin M. · June 18, 2018, 2:31 pm

Hello Crystal! That is very nice of you to save the little guy or girl! I'm honestly surprised at the longevity! I agree with you, things are better off free in their natural habitat. It doesn't matter that it has been in captivity, it still has the instincts it needs to survive! I would just let it back where you found it since those are the surroundings it's familiar with. You can release it during any time of day, but perhaps during the day, while the raccoons are less active, would give it a better chance. I'm thinking it may be a female since females often are not able to produce sounds, or very loud ones anyway. The males are the ones that are capable of calling out loudly (to attract a female). Good luck!


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