100 Years – 100 Objects: Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife and Graham Family Presentation of Ecology and Conservation Biomes

The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 – meaning that the curators of the Houston Museum of Natural Science have been collecting and preserving natural and cultural treasures for a hundred years now. For this yearlong series, our current curators have chosen one hundred exceptional objects from the Museum’s immense storehouse of specimens and artifacts—one for each year of our history. Check back here frequently to learn more about this diverse selection of behind-the-scenes curiosities—we will post the image and description of a new object every few days.

This description is from Dan, the museum’s curator of vertebrate zoology. He’s chosen a selection of objects that represent the most fascinating animals in the Museum’s collections, that we’ll be sharing here – and at 100.hmns.org- throughout the year.

collection-of-african-mammal-and-bird-mounts-resizeThe Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife and Graham Family Presentation of Ecology and Conservation Biomes is an important exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, as it transports visitors to an area of the world that many will never be able to experience first-hand. 

The continent of Africa has been studied and portrayed by the staffs of various museums from the inception of the same institutions.  One of the more famous African wildlife halls is at American Museum of Natural History in New York – the Akeley Hall of African Mammals is comprised of a traditional “menagerie” of African animals, many of which were collected by the late Theodore Roosevelt.

collection-of-african-mammal-and-bird-mounts-crop-2The exhibit at HMNS focuses on African wildlife ecology and conservation using various themes in animal ecology to portray the African vertebrates represented in HMNS’ collection.

Range across seven biomes to explore the entire continent of Africa in the Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife, a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

You can see more images of this fascinating exhibition – as well as the other objects we’ve posted so far this year – in the 100 Objects section at 100.hmns.org

Energy: What’s Next?

With Election Day in full swing, our Energy blogger, Claire, takes a look at “The Good, The Bad and the Energetic” today, in a guest post over on the excellent Oil Rules blog. Here’s an excerpt from Part 1:

“The…election and rising gas prices have raised the topic of energy to a higher level of importance for most Americans. Whatever it takes to make us examine what is required to produce the energy we crave in this country is good because it causes us to consider our responsibilities to the world today and to future generations.

Theodore Roosevelt, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left
Theodore Roosevelt:
conservationist.
Creative Commons License photo credit: sakraft1

Theodore Roosevelt, years ahead of his time, was an instrumental force in initiating wise conservation of our resources.

“In utilizing and conserving the natural resources of the Nation, the one characteristic more essential than any other is foresight… The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.”

Address to the National Editorial Association,
Jamestown, Virginia, June 10, 1907.

The importance of the resources used for the production of energy show that Teddy Roosevelt was especially correct in predicting that conservation of resources would affect every other problem in our lives.”

Check out the full post for more information – including criteria for evaluating our options, so we can make a smart decision about what comes after oil. Check back for Parts 2 and 3 – coming soon.