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Giant moth often mistaken for a bat is spotted in Chicago, far from its native climate - Chicago Tribune - July 1, 2019
“The black witch is a really big, impressive moth,” said Doug Taron, chief curator at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Talking blues and bullfrogs: The wonder and variety of the rare blue variant in bullfrogs - Chicago Sun-Times - June 26, 2019
Bruce Vang finding a blue-variant bullfrog led down a path to the wonder and variety of rare blue-variant bullfrogs.

The Wild Life of Nature Photographer Thomas Mangelsen - WTTW - April 29, 2019
A world-renowned nature photographer visited Chicago for the opening of an exhibition of his truly magnificent wildlife pictures at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Calling Frog Survey Returns to Chicago’s Southeast Side - WTTW - April 18, 2019
Amid efforts to restore an area of Chicago marked by black mounds of slag and other remnants of its industrial past, conservationists and volunteers are once again listening for the unique calls of mating frogs on the city’s Southeast Side.

26 things to do in Chicago this spring - Curbed Chicago - March 20, 2019
It’s spring time! What better way to celebrate than going to the butterfly haven? Explore nature photography, animal-inspired paintings, exhibits on climate change, and hands-on play spaces for kids. 

Butterfly And Insect Populations Crash In Illinois And Beyond - WBEZ Chicago - March 13, 2019
Last fall, The New York Times' article “The Insect Apocalypse is Here” caused quite a stir. It detailed research demonstrating a precipitous drop in insect populations in places as far apart as Germany and Puerto Rico. Doug Taron is chief curator at the Chicago Academy of Sciences.

Nature loves a lens: Wildlife photography is on display at both Notebaert and Field Museum in Chicago - Chicago Tribune - March 6, 2019
The wildlife of Illinois isn’t as varied or as powerful as it once was. Outside the gallery at the Notebaert Nature Museum showing Thomas D. Mangelsen’s stunning wildlife photography retrospective “A Life in the Wild,” you can see traces of what we once had in the Prairie State: a wolf, a brown bear and a cougar, stuffed and mounted, reminders of a time when big predators were part of the ecosystem.

'A Life In The Wild' Exhibit Opens in Chicago - NBC 5 Chicago - February 19, 2019
Works by a world-famous photographer are on display in Chicago and they're part of two newly-launched, indoor wildlife exhibits at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has an inside look.

New Treehouse Exhibit Now Open at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Mommy Nearest - February 19, 2019
What’s more mesmerizing to a kid than a treehouse? Even adults are still drawn to secret little hideaways perched up in strong branches, whether inhabited by animals or people.

Discover the animals that live above ground in 'TreeHouses' - Chicago Parent - February 18, 2019
Between taking a look at duck tracks and opossum scat, the TreeHouses exhibit at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a lot more educational than it is "Swiss Family Robinson." Don't let the title fool you, kids won't be flying through the trees from home to home, they'll be learning about the animals that do. 

What's on for Chicago's museums in early 2019: Legos, fashion and wildlife photos - Chicago Tribune - January 2, 2019
Lots of Legos, lots of fashion and lots of wildlife photography, plus the usual bevy of orchids, are among the more intriguing items on the calendar for Chicago’s museums and nature parks in the year’s first handful of months.

Chicago's Top 100 Events 2018 - BizBash - October 16, 2018
The 20th anniversary welcomed more than 650 guests for the Butterfly Ball. The event raised more than $2.3 million for science education that is crucial to Chicago area students and teachers.

Where to go: Chicago's top 5 museums, ranked - ABC 7 Chicago - October 15, 2018
Looking to visit the best museums around? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top museums in Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list.

Dora and Diego take on Chicago in new museum exhibit - Chicago Parent - September 27, 2018
Let’s go exploring! A new exhibit featuring our favorite friends, Dora (the Explorer) and Diego, has arrived in Chicago. Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore! opened its doors at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and will be here until Jan. 29. It’s the perfect playground and refuge for the cold winter months ahead of us.

Enthusiastic about Chickens, Music, Monarchs and EVs - The Mike Nowak Show - September 15, 2018
Doug Taron, PhD is Chief Curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences (which you probably recognize as the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum), director of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, and he’s turned into a bit of a regular on our program. While we talk about dragonflies and butterflies other than monarchs, the iconic orange and black insect is on everybody’s radar, with populations having declined by somewhere between 80 and 97% over the past twenty years.

Effort to Save Endangered Turtles Underway - NBC 5 Chicago - August 30, 2018
A complicated conservation effort aimed at saving an endangered Illinois species is underway, and NBC 5's Kye Martin is on the scene with more on a mission that is top secret.

Amphibians amaze at nature museum - Chicago Parent - August 23, 2018
As part of the Amazing Amphibians exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, kids can peer at all manner of frogs, toads and salamanders as well as play interactive games and walk through a maze learning about the life cycle of the creatures.

Butterflies are free in Elgin: Notebaert Nature Museum tries repopulating a habitat, a paper-clipped leaf at a time - Chicago Tribune - August 8, 2018
Scientists from Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum transplanted approximately 200 Baltimore checkerspot larvae to Elgin’s Bluff Spring Fen, an extraordinary-in-Illinois nature preserve you enter via the historic, even idyllic, Bluff City Cemetery.

Snakes released as part of effort to restore habitats within 16,000 acres near Barrington - Chicago Tribune - July 31, 2018
“These snakes are insectivores, and they help control grazing insect pressure on prairie plants, like grasshoppers, crickets and small caterpillars that do a lot of damage,” said Allison Sacerdote-Velat, curator of herpetology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. “You want the wildlife, as well as the plant component, to have a fully functional prairie and savanna environment.”

Monarchs having a strong year in Midwest, but that could change - South Bend Tribune - July 30, 2018
Does it seem that more monarch butterflies have been landing on your flowers this summer? Numbers of the flashy orange insect, known for its 3,000-mile migration to Mexico in late summer, are having an “extremely strong year,” said Doug Taron, who for 30 years has coordinated a survey of monarchs in Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Releasing smooth green snakes: A small piece in Chicago area’s wild big picture - Chicago Sun-Times - July 28, 2018
When I asked what ate the snakes, Allison Sacerdote-Velat, the curator of herpetology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, said: ‘‘Just about everything: bigger snakes, robins, praying mantis.’

Rare Smooth Green Snakes to be Released into Restored Suburban Habitat - WTTW - July 18, 2018
The tiny, bright green snakes used to be found throughout the Chicago area, said Allison Sacerdote-Velat, curator of herpetology at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. But their populations have become more isolated due to habitat loss from the construction of new roads and other development.

New Exhibits at Nature Museum - WCIU - June 27, 2018
Take a trip down to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Currently the museum has two new exhibits open, Amazing Amphibians and Nature's Puzzles. Here to tell us more about it was Celeste Troon, Curator and Director of Living Collections.

Couples Can Share Their Love of Flora & Fauna at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - - June 27, 2018
Many couples share a love of nature, and a trip to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in the heart of Chicago is an ideal date spot for those eco-enthusiasts. Exotic birds and butterflies mesmerize visitors, and you can even volunteer in one of the museum’s Citizen Science Programs. If you’re in the Windy City, you’ll want to put a visit to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on your itinerary.

Look Down! Snapping Turtles, Turtle Hatchlings on the Move in Chicago - WTTW - June 4, 2018
Runners, bikers and pedestrians are used to keeping their eyes open for hazards on Chicago’s paths and trails. But now that the weather has finally warmed up – and seems to be staying that way – the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is warning people to watch out for some of our reptile neighbors who are on the move.

Turtle season means keeping your eyes peeled for hatchlings in parks, forest preserves - Chicago Tribune - May 23, 2018
Watch your step. Officials with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park say young turtle hatchlings of many varieties are making their way to a waterfront near you. Some are as small as a quarter, and they may need your help if they wander onto bike paths or streets.

Ark, lifeboat or something wilder? Future of zoos under debate - Chicago Tribune - May 6, 2018
The list could also mention significant conservation work being done by non-zoos such as the Field Museum and the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Butterfly haven now open at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - News-Times - May 1, 2018
FOX 32's Brittney Payton checks out an enchanting world of butterflies at the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven located at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Taking Flight with 30 Years of the Illinois Butterfly Network - Chicago Tonight - April 25, 2018
Thirty years after it began, the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network has been duplicated in a dozen other states. Through the program, volunteers help scientists track butterflies and gather data across Illinois. We visit one of the founders of the network, who is also chief curator at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Meaning of frogs and salamanders: Wild-ID and beyond - Chicago Sun-Times - April 23, 2018
Ashley Hosmer photographed frogs so intently in close-ups that I finally asked about it. Ask and learn. Allison Sacerdote-Velat, the curator of herpetology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, said they are using a photographic mark-recapture program, Wild-ID, developed by Dartmouth’s Douglas Bolger.

Of out-of-sorts fish, frogs, salamanders, weather: When lilacs last bloomed - Chicago Sun-Times - April 18, 2018
While I tramped along with Allison Sacerdote-Velat, curator of herpetology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, to monitor frogs and salamanders in Lake County Friday, she said I should have been there the day before.

‘Explosive Breeding’ Underway for Wood Frogs in Lake County - Chicago Tonight - April 17, 2018
Since last week, researchers from Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum have been observing armies of wood frogs as they awake from hibernation and start mating for anywhere from two days to two weeks.

Science is for Citizens, Too - The Mike Nowak Show - April 15, 2018
Doug Taron, PhD, from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Musem, celebrates 30 years of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network and speculates what the unusually cool spring means for butterfly populations.

Birds of a feather flock to Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago Parent - April 2, 2018
At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, they’ve gone a little birdbrained. Why else would the museum have two exhibits focused on our fine feathered friends?

Citizen Scientists Wanted - Natural Awakenings - April 2018
Whether someone is interested in trees, birds, butterflies or other aspects of nature, there are many ways to get actively involved and make a real and lasting contribution through local nonprofit organizations.

The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network: And the making of Doug Taron - Chicago Sun-Times - March 17, 2018
Doug Taron began collecting butterflies at 7, but his breakthrough moment came in the college bookstore. He had been using the Golden Guide as a reference, then he found a Peterson Field Guide.

“I Never Thought of Science as Something Like This”-Incorporating an Ecological Perspective Into Science Teacher Learning - Connected Science Learning - March 14, 2018
Learn about how a university-based teacher preparation program, public schools, and local science-focused museums implement an ecological approach to STEM learning in Chicago.

Rare Comet Moth Emerges From Cocoon at Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago Tonight - March 13, 2018
A brightly colored moth rarely seen in the U.S. (and bigger than a human hand) emerged from its cocoon Friday at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – but you better get there fast if you want to see it.

OTL #591: Warming up at Guthrie’s, Block Club Chicago, Chicago Volunteer Expo - WGN Radio - February 11, 2018
Mike Stephen embarks on the first stop of our 2018 Winter Tavern Tour to Guthries Tavern in Wrigleyville, chats with former DNA Info Chicago editor Shamus Toomey about the new hyper-local reporting venture Block Club Chicago, and discusses the upcoming Chicago Volunteer Expo. This week’s local music is powered by Black Road.

The Notebaert Goes to the Birds with New Birds of Paradise Exhibit - Third Coast Review - February 2, 2018
Just as Museum Week was kicking off in Chicago, the Notebaert was celebrating its 161st birthday and the opening of their newest special exhibit, Birds of Paradise – Amazing Avian Evolution, which includes an amazing live animal exhibit called The Bird House that features a rotating cast of local and exotic birds for visitors to meet, learn about and interact with.  

Chicago museums offering up to 25 percent off admission for Museum Week - WGN-TV - January 21, 2018
The city's top museums are offering special exhibits, giveaways and discounts of up to 25 percent off for Illinois residents as part of Museum Week through January 26. One of the options offering a warm, indoor sanctuary complete with beautiful butterflies aflutter, is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park.

Roz Varon's Weekender Report - ABC7 Chicago - January 19, 2018
It may be winter, but warmer temperatures are on their way just in time for outdoor activities around Chicagoland this weekend.

Chicago Museum Week kicks off with special programming, admission discounts - ABC7 Chicago - January 18, 2018
Chicago's world-famous winters can make it difficult to comfortably discover the city, but that doesn't mean the fun has to go into hibernation. In fact, January is an ideal time to experience Chicago's renowned cultural institutions. Museum Week returns January 18 - 26 with discounted admission, exclusive offers and special programs.

Chicago Museum Week Preview with Some Participating Institutions - WCIU - January 17, 2018
Chicago’s Annual Museum Week kicks off tomorrow, January 18th. To give us a preview of what we can expect for the next few days, Dr. Olivia Castellini from the Museum of Science and Industry, stopped by with a robot, along with Jonathan Tavares from The Institute of Chicago with a suit of armor, and Doug Taron from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum with Bob the turtle!

Winter museum preview: Mummies, Snoopy and the science behind Pixar - Chicago Tribune - January 10, 2018
The name bird-of-paradise promises a lot. But in my limited experience, this exotically feathered rainforest species, mostly from New Guinea and Australia, delivers. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is offering a chance to broaden your b-o-p experience with this show, developed by National Geographic and the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology.

World Record-Holding ‘Bird Man’ Visits Chicago to Discuss Epic Journey - Chicago Tonight - January 5, 2018
In late 2014, Noah Strycker set out from his native Eugene, Oregon, with a backpack and binoculars. His goal: to see 5,000 different types of birds. He returned 365 days later as a world record-holder, becoming the first human to see more than half the planet’s 10,000-plus bird species in one year. Strycker, a 31-year-old writer, photographer and self-described “bird man,” will share stories from his epic round-the-world journey on Jan. 24 at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Colorful Macaws Launch New Bird Exhibit at Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago Tonight - January 3, 2018
Missy, Noodle and Iggy – macaws from three different parrot species native to South America and the southwestern Pacific – are the first residents at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s new exhibit called “The Bird House,” which opened this week and will introduce visitors to various types of exotic birds over the next six months.

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