How Did We Get These Specimens? The Case of the Edward’s Pheasant

One of the most common questions I’m asked as Curator of Vertebrate Zoology is “Where and how do you get your specimens?” The standard answer is that they died of natural causes or from medical complications in captivity or at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, which is how we get the bulk of our specimens. However, […]

Crazy for Cuneiform: Decoding Ancient Text

I love everything ancient! That particularly goes for ancient writing systems. My fascination started with Egyptian hieroglyphics, but soon turned toward cuneiform. Cuneiform is an ancient writing system that developed in Mesopotamia around 3400 B.C., and it is the oldest form of writing in the world. Cuneiform is not an alphabet, but rather a set […]

How To: Make a Block Print with Styrofoam

The invention of printmaking changed the world. Printing was invented in China between the years 618 to 906 A.D.  The earliest prints were made using wooden blocks that were carved with pictures and writings. The process wasn’t complicated, but it took great skill and time to prepare the blocks for printing. First, the text or […]

How To: Start a Field Journal

If you don’t have one already, a field journal is a must-have for any budding scientist! Field journals are used by all different types of scientists (such as paleontologists, geologists, biologists and many others) in order to record and keep track of the things they learn and observe while working out in the field. These […]

Backyard Wildlife Scavenger Hunt

When learning about wildlife, we often focus on the far away and exotic, but there are plenty of fascinating plan and animal species outside around your home or local park. Use this scavenger hunt to help you discover them!  Find a Rollie pollie. These are also called pill bugs, doodle bugs and woodlice. They are […]

Fill in the Blanks with Curator of Malacology Tina Petway

Ever since she was a little girl, Tina Petway has been enthralled with shells. Living along the Texas Gulf Coast, it just comes naturally to many of us.  The Houston native, now the associate curator of the George W. Strake Hall of Malacology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, spent every moment she could […]

June Star Blog

Mercury continues an excellent apparition for the first half of June.  Look for it low in the sky at dusk, over the point of sunset.  Mercury is highest June 4-5, then gets lower and dimmer until it is lost in the Sun’s glare by June 15. Mars is higher in the morning sky each day […]

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