Spring is rattlesnake season in southern California. With a little knowledge and preparation, we can coexist with these magnificent snakes. Read more.
After poring over our botany collection, a visiting expert names several species new to science. Read more.
The San Luis Rey River Valley is home to the first fossil evidence of modern capybara ancestors in North America Read more.
With the 2022 translocation season all wrapped up, three generations of California red-legged frogs are now in their forever homes in southern California. Read more.
When life gives you a whale head, you bury it, then give it a bath, and let the research begin. Read more.
Since starting last September, Library Director Arie Hammond has been asked about everything, from black widow spiders to dead whales to prehistoric flowers. She shares some of her favorite unusual questions, and the answers her research revealed. Read more.
Our first cohort of STEM apprentices reflect on their time with The Nat’s research department, sharing how they got here, what they learned, and where they’re going next. Read more.
Natural history collections do much more than document our biological diversity. They are also key to unlocking future discoveries and contributing to major advances in the fields of medicine, human health, and even agriculture. Read more.
For homeowners, being fire safe usually means pruning trees and bushes around dwellings. But this brings with it the potential to disturb bird nests during the height of breeding season. Learn how to remain fire safe while minimizing the impact on our feathered friends. Read more.
Just how do you find out how many of these dinosaurs lived on our planet? Scientists used the fossil record of T. rex and the principles of population ecology to estimate dinosaur demographics and the chances of finding an extinct animal in the fossil record. Read more.