Check out the links below to read, watch and listen to some of our most recent press releases, appearances and mentions.
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.
Chicago's Top 100 Events 2017 - BizBash - October 24, 2017
With butterflies aplenty in its decor, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's springy gala raised $2.15 million this year and drew 650 guests.
Peggy Notebaert's ‘Backyard Adventures’ keeps the outdoor fun going - Chicago Parent - October 20, 2017
Think urban kids don’t have ecology and entomology worth exploring? Peggy Notebaert’s newest exhibit, Backyard Adventures, will change all that this season.
11 Best Halloween Events for Families in Chicago - Mommy Nearest - October 11, 2017
Good news: You don't have to wait until October 31 to celebrate Halloween. There are tons of not-so-spooky happening all over Chicago leading up to the big day.
Stink Bug Invasion Marches on Chicago Area - NBC Chicago - October 3, 2017
“There will be more and more as we get through October into November," said Doug Taron, entomologist and chief curator at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. "Unfortunately for the near term I would expect numbers will be going up.”
Wildcrafting, Tracking Monarchs - The Mike Nowak Show - September 17, 2017
Doug Taron, Chief Curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, reports on late summer monarch butterfly spottings in the Midwest.
WEEKEND ALERT: ALL THE FOOD FESTS + BEST EXHIBITS TO SEE | SEPTEMBER 22-24 - Choose Chicago - September 21, 2017
Get a closer look at the world in your own backyard at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's newest exhibit, Backyard Adventures.
Illinois' vanishing bugs and why it matters to Earth - Chicago Tribune - September 21, 2017
Just off the lobby of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum — some distance from the live-butterfly exhibit, to prevent contagion — Allen Lawrence, associate curator of entomology, and Doug Taron, chief curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, breed Baltimore checkerspot butterflies, a vulnerable species.
Monarch Butterflies Flying High This Year After Recent Declines - DNAinfo.com Chicago - September 21, 2017
"It seems to have been a good summer for monarchs, and so there's a strong migration that's come through," said Doug Taron, chief curator at the Notebaert Nature Museum.
15 things to do with the kids Sept. 18-24 - Chicago Tribune - September 18, 2017
What secrets can you find in your own backyard or in city parks? What kind of life teems just under foot, in the soil? What are bees busy doing in the autumn? Which beings get active during the night? Explore all these questions in this interactive new exhibit, opening Saturday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
4 New Museum Exhibits Coming to Chicago This Fall - Mommy Nearest - September 7, 2017
Do your kids think the backyard is boring? Then take them to the Nature Museum's Backyard Adventures exhibit where they can get an exciting new perspective on the critters that live just feet away from them.
In true Chicago fashion, program trains young women to make no small plans - Chicago Tribune - September 11, 2017
The day I joined them, the Future Leaders toured the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. CEO Deborah Lahey joined the students for a Q&A followed by lunch, and a series of museum staffers answered questions about nonprofit work after leading the students on a museum tour.
Lurie Children’s Hospital patients experience summer camp inside the hospital - WGN-TV - August 15, 2017
"I’ve found in my experience working with kids, science is just such a powerful hook. Just giving kids a bug or sea urchin, all of a sudden they have a thousand questions," said Amanda Smith, museum educator at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Going Green: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - See Chicago - August 7, 2017
Dawn got to interact with two exhibits at the Nature Museum, Our House and the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven.
Of Seeds, Monarchs and Kayaks - The Mike Nowak Show - July 9, 2017
Allen Lawrance, Associate Curator of Entomology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, reports on monarch sightings for 2017.
Really? Are there more fireflies this summer? Or can we really tell? - Chicago Sun-Times - July 9, 2017
[Doug Taron] responded: ‘‘Insect numbers jump around so much from year to year that it can be hard to ascribe a reason why any given year is particularly good or bad.’’
Head of Chicago Academy of Sciences & Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to be Recognized at Nature Symposium - Daily Herald - May 11, 2017
This year, Brushwood Center is presenting the Award for Distinguished Leadership in Nature to Deborah Lahey, President and Chief Executive Officer of both the Chicago Academy of Sciences and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
The Opening Bell 3/27/17: Children Learn About Climate Change & the Next Steps for Sears - WGN Radio - March 27, 2017
After a hands on experience at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Steve sat down with Kristen Pratt (Director of Sustainability at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum) to talk about the new exhibit that will be teaching young children and adults about the basics of climate change.
Notebaert Museum's 'Our House' Exhibit Leads Things To Do - DNAinfo.com Chicago - March 24, 2017
Climate change comes home to roost in a big way in a new exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Nature museum exhibit rethinks home in light of changing climate - Chicago Tribune - March 23, 2017
The new Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum exhibit "Our House: Rethinking Home in a Changing Climate," looks at how families can adjust man-made environments to harmonize more with the natural environment.
A wondrous world of nature hides in plain sight at the Chicago Academy of Sciences collections facility - Chicago Reader - March 21, 2017
The natural history haven in North Center contains nearly 300,000 specimens that document the biodiversity of the midwest, Illinois, and greater North America.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum nominated for National Medal for Museum and Library Service - IMLS - March 20, 2017
Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services presents select museums and libraries with the nation’s highest honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Meet Patsy McNasty, Notebaert Nature Museum’s Alligator Snapping Turtle - WTTW - January 20, 2017
On Thursday, Patsy moved into a new, 300-gallon tank, a mansion compared to her old quarters. Several dozen visitors crowded around the tank to witness Patsy’s big move, part of a “housewarming” event held by the museum.
Alligator snapping turtle gets a new home on Chicago's North Side - Fox 32 Chicago - January 19, 2017
An unusual-looking turtle that needs some room to grow moved into some new digs Thursday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Chicago's North Side. The scissors probably weren't needed today: Patsy the "alligator snapping turtle" has a set of jaws so powerful she could have cut the ribbon herself.
Endangered Alligator Snapper Gets New Home In Chicago Nature Museum - CBS Chicago - January 19, 2017
Today is moving day for an endangered alligator snapping turtle who’s outgrown her habitat at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and is being moved to a bigger space.
Notebaert Nature Museum Dusts Off Rare Specimens for 160th Anniversary - WTTW - January 17, 2017
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum bills itself as Chicago's oldest museum. It was founded as the Chicago Academy of Sciences in 1857 and, since 1999, has operated with its current name in Lincoln Park. Last week, the museum celebrated its 160-year anniversary. As part of the festivities, some rarely displayed items were dusted off and shown to visitors.
Endangered Bumble Bees The Focus Of Chicago Groups' Protection Efforts - DNAinfo.com Chicago - January 13, 2017
The bee is occasionally found in local parks and gardens, according to Allen Lawrance, Living Invertebrate Specialist at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Lawrance noted the museum and Chicago Academy of Sciences are lead partners in trying to save Rusty Patched Bumble Bee habitat, which includes woodlands and prairies, through the Chicago Wilderness Priority Species project.
Rarely seen specimens on display at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago Sun-Times - January 12, 2017
The green-and-orange plumage of a now-extinct Illinois bird. A long-tailed weasel collected in 1893. An album of Midwest plants collected by the wife of a railroad tycoon. In honor of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s 160th anniversary, staff there are pulling some rarely seen specimens out of storage for the public — on view at the Lincoln Park museum through Saturday.
The Butterflies of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - WTTW - January 6, 2017
There’s a corner of Chicago that teems with life even in the most forbidding depths of winter. At the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, snowy gray landscapes provide not damp chills but a spare backdrop for arabesques of graceful color.
The Opening Bell 12-19-2016: CarAdvise App and a Froggy Exhibit - WGN Radio - December 19, 2016
Steve Grzanich talked with Allison Sacerdote-Velat about how frogs act as a sort of canary in the coal mine as far as environmental changes go, and she previewed some of the exciting sights and sounds of the riveting and ribbiting exhibit.
Migrating Sandhill Cranes Swoop Through Chicago - CBS Chicago - December 9, 2016
Celeste Troon is the Curator and Director of Living Collections at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. “In the 1990’s you wouldn’t have seen them. They are actually one of the rare success stories of the region,” Troon tells CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot. “They’re really coming back.”
Frog exhibit brings 'Chorus of Color' to Chicago's Peggy Notebaert Museum - Daily Herald - November 13, 2016
Seventy frogs whose habitats range from South America to Africa to Illinois have taken up temporary residence at Chicago's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Frog exhibit hops in to Notebaert Nature Museum - ABC 7 Chicago - November 9, 2016
At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, it's all about frogs. Dr. Allison Sacerdote-Velat is the curator of herpetology at the Notebaert Nature Museum and this new exhibit is hopping good. It's called "Frogs: A Chorus of Colors."
15 things to do with the kids Nov. 7-13 - Chicago Tribune - November 7, 2016
From playing in a "Minecraft" gaming league and getting upclose-and-personal with the giant Atlas moth to an early Santa sighting, Junie B. Jones and a Cinderella who traded Prince Charming for a career, here are 15 things to do with the kids Nov. 7-13.
Frogs hop their way to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Fox 32 Chicago - November 7, 2016
Allison Sacerdote-Velat, curator of herpetology, joins the set to show off some of the 70 different frogs making their way to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for their frog exhibit.
Frogs of the world: “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” at Nature Museum - Chicago Sun-Times - November 6, 2016
That was one of the surprises and joys Thursday at a preview two days before the opening of “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.” The exhibit runs through Jan. 22, a “great opportunity” over the holidays, as Sacerdote-Velat put it.
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - You & Me WCIU - November 4, 2016
Ashley Barnes is at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum checking out Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. It’s a great way to experience the diversity of the amphibians and find fun family activities.
3 New Animal Exhibits to See in Chicago: From Penguins and Polar Bears to Poison Dart Frogs - Choose Chicago - November 2, 2016
In a few short days, guests to the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will be able to take a giant leap into the amazing and colorful world of frogs when the brand new exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors opens to frog lovers from near and far.
The Nature Museum's new exhibit "Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" displays more than 70 frogs, including toads.
These Bugs Eat Their Victims Head-First — While They're Still Alive - DNAinfo.com Chicago - October 31, 2016
"It's a snatch-and-grab and then they just start chowing down," said Allen Lawrance, the invertebrate specialist at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. "They have an incredibly fast strike."
Atlas Moth, World's Largest, Flutters Into Notebaert Museum - DNAinfo.com Chicago - October 28, 2016
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has a new visitor, and it doesn't get any bigger than this — not in the world of moths, anyway.
Chicago's Top 100 Events 2016 - BizBash - October 25, 2016
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's Butterfly Ball #5 Benefit (up from #6) - This year, the event raised more than $2.2 million, a notable increase from the $1.52 million in 2015.
Citizen cientists use their eyes, ears and smartphones to protect birds, frogs and other wildlife - Medill Reports Chicago - October 21, 2016
Citizen science recruiters seeking new volunteers shared the impact of ongoing projects at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s inaugural citizen science fair on Saturday.
Chicago Museum Week Returns For 2nd Year - ABC 7 Chicago - October 12, 2016
Marc Miller with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum stopped by ABC7 to talk about the special programming, deals, discounts and more at institutions throughout the city.
What's up with all the spiders? Plus common types you'll see around - Chicago Tribune - October 12, 2016
Allen Lawrance, living invertebrate specialist for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, describes some of the more common types seen in this area.
Giant 8-Eyed Wolf Spiders Are Ready To Invade Your Home As Weather Cools - DNAinfo.com Chicago - September 15, 2016
"It's a simple pest control principle: Seal all cracks and entryways into your house," said Allen Lawrance, the invertebrate specialist at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. "Anywhere an ant or cockroach can get in, a spider can get in."
Notebaert Nature Museum Raises 131 Endangered Baby Turtles - Chicago Tonight - September 13, 2016
Blanding's turtles, an endangered species in Illinois and a half-dozen other states, are getting a head start on survival at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
PHOTOS: 131 Endangered Turtles Hatch At Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - ABC 7 Chicago - September 12, 2016
One hundred thirty one endangered baby Blanding's turtles were hatched at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.
PHOTOS: 131 baby Blanding’s turtles on display at Chicago nature museum - WGN-TV - September 9, 2016
Welcome to Chicago little fellas! The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum now has 131 endangered baby Blanding’s turtles on exhibit.
Look at all 131 of these adorable endangered baby turtles - TimeOut Chicago - September 9, 2016
You can now marvel over more than 100 baby Blanding’s turtles—an endangered North American species—at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The museum’s newest arrivals measure about one inch and weigh less than an ounce. And they are precious.
Endangered Baby Turtles — 131 Of Them — On Display At Chicago Nature Museum - DNAinfo.com Chicago - September 9, 2016
The current magic number at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is 131. That's the number of endangered baby Blanding's turtles that just went on public display.
The Arts Section - WDCB 90.9 - September 4, 2016
Director of Collections Dawn Roberts speaks about some of the pieces that will be on display at the Nature Museum's Ravenswood Collections Facility during the Ravenswood ArtWalk.
Working Shift: Sustainability Manager - WBEZ Morning Shift - August 29, 2016
In the latest installment in our Working Shift series, we talk with the sustainability manager of Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Kristen Pratt, about the work she does both inside the museum and in Chicago neighborhoods to promote the principles of sustainability.
Cicadas In Search Of Mates Making A Huge Racket In Area Trees - WBEZ Morning Shift - August 23, 2016
Aren’t they only supposed to come out every 17 years? What exactly is going on? We get answers from Allen Lawrance, the Invertebrate Specialist at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Dragonflies Invade Chicago - ABC 7 Chicago - August 19, 2016
Dragonflies are proliferating all over Chicago and it's a good thing they're here. They are considered the perfectly evolved insect according to Dr. Doug Taron, chief curator at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Dragonflies crowding Chicagoland on their way South - WGN-TV - August 16, 2016
"Dragonflies are a necessary part of the food chain simply because they are such efficient predators. Without dragonflies, we would undoubtedly have great numbers of nuisance insects,” says Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Doug Taron.
Cannibal Fireflies Are The Femme Fatales Of The Lightning Bug World - DNAinfo.com Chicago - August 10, 2016
Their flash of "fire" light produces a bright yellow color, but no heat, and it serves several purposes, not just to attract a mate. That's according to Doug Taron, curator of biology at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, who's been fascinated with the bugs since he was a little kid.
Giant Dragonfly Swarms Are Coming, But You Have Nothing To Fear - DNAinfo.com Chicago - August 3, 2016
The bugs, which almost always in August congregate in giant masses in the hundreds, can't sting because they don't have stingers. They also won't bother you, unless you try to hold one in your hand. "There's nothing to worry about," said Doug Taron, the curator of biology at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and an administrator with the International Migratory Dragonfly Partnership.
Complex Science Made Accessible: the Fog Lifts from Climate Change - Environmental Critique - July 30, 2016
There is nothing simple about Climate Change. Not only does it involve complicated scientific concepts, but also the predicted ramifications of Climate Change are scary to think about. One local Chicago Museum has put together an exhibit aiming to explain Climate Change to families and, most importantly, children in an easy to digest and interactive way. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum recently opened the doors to a new exhibit titled Weather to Climate: Our Changing World.
Why Chicago Lightning Bugs Light Up One Neighborhood But Not the Next - WBEZ - July 25, 2016
We rounded up two experts who know a thing or two about bugs, in Illinois and beyond: Doug Taron, chief curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; and May Berenbaum, professor and head of entomology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Spend summer learning about moths, butterflies - Daily Herald - July 20, 2016
In the field and on the hunt for the Baltimore checkerspot, Chief Curator Doug Taron from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Chicago Academy of Sciences, described his work with an extensive collaborative project led by Chicago Wilderness that is targeting 12 animal species to be restored to the Midwest prairies, forests and rivers.
Spider Webs, Not Snow Mold, Covered Chicago's Lawns Thursday — Here's Why - DNAinfo.com Chicago - June 24, 2016
The webs are already there but difficult to see with the naked eye unless there's moisture on the ground, according to Allen Lawrance, the Invertebrate Specialist at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Monarch butterflies need help in Illinois - Chicago Sun-Times - June 10, 2016
Doug Taron, chief curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies are working to increase butterfly habitat.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Exhibit Explores Weather to Climate - WDCB 90.9 FM - June 7, 2016
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s newest exhibit offers visitors a closer look at climate change and how it affects everyday life. The exhibit, titled WEATHER TO CLIMATE: OUR CHANGING WORLD, aims to educate and engage people on a topic that’s still considered controversial to some.
Photos: Thousands Of Bees Went Nuts On A Downtown Chicago Bike This Afternoon - Chicagoist - June 6, 2016
As it turns out, this time of year is a kind of bee Christmas for beekeepers because of this swarming phenomenon, according to Allen Lawrance, the living invertebrates specialist at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
5 things to eat, drink, do this weekend - Chicago Tribune - June 3, 2016
Everyone's favorite subject — chocolate! — is the theme of the latest exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park.
Chicago's Other High-Rise Inhabitants Might Surprise You - DNAinfo.com Chicago - May 26, 2016
Celeste Troon, Curator and Director of Living Collections at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, said a wide variety of wildlife besides bugs hangs out on skyscrapers, apartment buildings and other multifloor buildings
Why Are Spiders Spinning Webs On Chicago's Tallest Buildings? - DNAinfo.com Chicago - May 20, 2016
"On most high-rise windows you should be able to find one," said Allen Lawrance, the Invertebrate Specialist at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. "They are everywhere. I find them really interesting."
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's Butterfly Ball - Splash - May 19, 2016
Partygoers became one with nature — interacting with snakes, tasting local honey and exploring the museum’s newest climate exhibition — at the 18th annual ball May 6.
Photos return expired birds to flight at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago Reader - May 9, 2016
When you walk into the second-floor gallery space of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum you might be surprised to see Art Fox's photographs of birds literally hovering off the wall.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Opens New Exhibit: Weather to Climate: Our Changing World - WGN-TV - May 2, 2016
Most of us like to complain about the weather, but the Nature Museum is actually doing something about it.
Saturday Night Special with Amy Guth: Sustainability in Chicago - WGN Radio - April 30, 2016
Amy Guth hosts a panel of Chicagoans who all have one thing in common: they are working for sustainability and trying to make Chicago (and the world) a better place. The panel consists of representatives from a variety of Chicago-based businesses: Kristen Pratt is Sustainability Manager of The Chicago Academy of Sciences and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Save the Monarch Butterfly: Plant Milkweed - Chicago Tonight - April 12, 2016
In 1987, chief curator Doug Taron of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum founded the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, a volunteer-driven organization that conducts annual censuses of butterfly species in the state. Taron said the monarch population in the greater Chicago area, where the group focuses its surveys, has remained largely stable despite reports of global declines.
Is Climate Change Real? And If So, What Can We Do To Stop It? - WGN Radio - April 12, 2016
It’s not everyday that someone gets to interview a curator of urban ecology, which is Steve Sullivan’s title at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. We talk a lot about climate change, and the new exhibit “Weather to Climate: Our Changing World.”
Feral Cats Get The Rats But Could Get the Cuckoo Too - WBEZ - April 8, 2016
A spike in rat sightings in Lincoln Park is leading to requests from residents to the Tree House Humane Society to provide feral cats. But Steve Sullivan of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum says birds are also going to be preyed upon.
At the Notebaert Museum, "Weather to Climate" and what both mean for us - Chicago Tribune - April 7, 2016
Count the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum as one entity that is doing something about the weather, rather than, like most of us, just complaining about it.
Notebaert museum exhibit drives home climate change - Daily Herald - April 3, 2016
The museum is helping to educate visitors on the causes and effects of climate change, and how they can help, through the exhibit "Weather to Climate: Our Changing World," which runs in Chicago through Oct. 23 before heading out on tour.
Roz Varon's Weekender Report - ABC 7 Chicago - April 1, 2016
We've made it to April! From museum exhibits to river cruises, there's plenty going on this weekend, and that's no foolin'!
3 Family-Friendly Exhibits at Chicago Museums You Won't Want to Miss this Spring - Choose Chicago - April 1, 2016
Headed to Chicago this spring break? Or you are a Chicagoan staying home to enjoy the city? Chicago museums have you covered when it comes to spring break fun with a dash of learning.
New Climate Change Exhibit Educates Kids, Encourages Action - Chicago Tonight - April 1, 2016
“Weather to Climate: Our Changing World,” a new exhibit opening at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Saturday, April 2, is taking on the daunting task and making “the talk,” as it relates to global warming, easier on youngsters and their caregivers alike.
Climate Change Exhibit Coming to Notebaert Nature Museum - ABC 7 Chicago - March 29, 2016
Climate change is the inspiration for a new exhibit opening this weekend at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
From world-renowned musicals and interactive art exhibits to free festivals celebrating the richness of Chicago and its suburbs, these events will have the family blooming with fun this spring.
Photographs by Art Fox Capture Ill-Fated Flights of Migratory Birds - Chicago Tonight - March 15, 2016
A new photography exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum showcases some of the exotic and beautiful birds that meet a sad fate in Chicago. The hope is that more Chicagoans will do their part to keep these beautiful – and in some cases rare – creatures alive.
Rare Illinois Turtles Making Comeback With Help From Chicago Museum - DNAinfo.com Chicago - March 10, 2016
Twenty years of collaborative efforts between several wildlife organizations are starting to pay off for an endangered turtle hunted by poachers, run over by cars and eaten by a multitude of predators.
Exhibit Shines Light On Plight Of Migratory Birds - CBS Chicago - March 3, 2016
An exhibit aimed at bringing public awareness to the number of migrating birds that fall prey to skyscrapers and other buildings has opened at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Local Photographer Turns Lens to Birds That Crashed into Skyscrapers - Chicago Tonight - February 26, 2016
A yearlong exhibit highlighting the dangers of being a bird in a city with many tall buildings opened this month at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Birds Killed by Skyscrapers Remembered in Nature Museum Photo Series - DNAinfo.com Chicago - February 26, 2016
A just-opened exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum features photographs of the cardinals, orioles, thrushes, juncos, sapsuckers and other birds that die after flying into buildings.
Local Beekeepers Guard Against Fatal Diseases - Chicago Tonight - February 22, 2016
During the winter months, the dozen beehives on the roof of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum are sealed off for the season. Inside, however, they're still full of life.
Looking for Volunteer Work? Head to Annual Expo Set for Feb. 28 - DNAinfo.com Chicago - February 16, 2016
This year's installment is set for Feb. 28 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum terrace overlooking North Pond is one of the few spaces in Chicago that allows seated outdoor receptions
Chicago Wilderness to Champion 12 Animal Species in Region - Press Release - February 2, 2016
Key Chicago Wilderness organizations stepped forward as lead partners to drive efforts for each species, including the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
The 15 Museums in the Park institutions achieved a total of 15.28 million visitors, a 6 percent increase over 2014, according to the annual compilation done by the group of institutions that are on Chicago Park District land.
#MuseumSelfie Day: 15 of Chicago's Best - Chicago Tonight - January 20, 2016
Wednesday marks Museum Selfie Day – the perfect marriage of learning and self-indulgence. The day itself was created by blogger and "Culture Snatcher" Mar Dixon as a way to get the masses packed into those cultural fonts of wisdom: museums.
The 5 Best Museums In Chicago - The Culture Trip - January 18, 2016
Home to a magnificent an abundance of skyscrapers, shopping centres and beautiful vistas, Chicago also has a range of cultural, historical, and scientific landmarks. Below is a list of the best museums in the bustling city of Chicago, in Illinois.
Chicago's Oldest Museum On Display With Explorer Exhibit - DNAinfo.com Chicago - January 15, 2016
Learn about the early days of the city's oldest museum, the Chicago Academy of Sciences, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the academy's offspring.
Nature Museum Turning 160, Celebrates with Rock Voles and Chickens - Chicago Tonight - January 13, 2016
In honor of its 160th anniversary next year, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will host a week of festivities, including a look at some of its rarely seen specimens in addition to a special pop-up exhibit focused on the museum’s history.
Stumped for dinner ideas this holiday season? Why not make a meal of mealworms! Craig learns how to cook bugs from the pros at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Asking Visitors To Make New Year’s Resolutions For The Environment - CBS Chicago - December 15, 2015
Chicago’s nature museum is hoping people think of how they can improve the environment when they make their New Year’s resolutions for 2016.
Visitors to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: The Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences can honor nature when they celebrate Christmas and New Year’s.
A discussion on Paris Climate Talks and Climate Change - WBEZ Worldview - December 10, 2015
As the U.N. Climate Change Conference winds down in Paris, Worldview broadcasts LIVE from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. They’ll discuss the outcome of the Paris talks and how Climate Change has amplified conservation efforts.
Chicago's Top 100 Events 2015 - BizBash - November 17, 2015
'Peanuts … Naturally' Embraces Schulz’ Serious Side at the Nature Museum - Chicago Tonight - November 3, 2015
From pollution to recycling, the “Peanuts ... Naturally” exhibit at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum embraces Schulz’ forward-thinking ability to whimsically confront serious, global issues through the hearts of children and adults alike.
14 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Week - Chicagoist - October 26, 2015
Have Supper With Snakes this Friday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Midday Fix: Snakes from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - WGN-TV - October 23, 2015
Steve Sullivan highlights some of the slithery critters visitors will see at the Nature Museum event Supper with the Snakes.
Peanuts Exhibit Highlights Charles M. Schulz's Nature Lessons - DNAinfo.com Chicago - October 15, 2015
The man behind Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang cared about the natural world around him.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Honored By Illinois Association of Museums - Chicago Business Journal - October 8, 2015
The Nature Museum was recognized as the Leader Institution of the Year and Doug Taron, PhD, Curator of Biology and Vice President of Conservation and Research, was named the Professional of the Year.
Museum Week - You & Me This Morning - October 1, 2015
Some of the biggest cultural institutions in Chicago are coming together for an exciting week with discounts to your favorite museums and special events.
With Help From Kickstarter, Chicago Gets a Museum that Relishes the Hot Dog - New York Times - September 18, 2015
It is not the only museum news in the city. From Oct. 1 to 7, the 11 museums and one zoo located on Chicago Park District property will offer visitors a number of special programs, events and exclusive deals as part of the first Chicago Museum Week.
Review: David Schalliol/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Newcity Art - September 15, 2015
One of the most inspired recent additions to Chicago’s public spaces is The 606, a trail that follows the tracks of the once-abandoned elevated Bloomingdale train line that runs in a straight line through Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Wicker Park and Bucktown.
From Agamemnon to Andy Warhol: Our top 10 museum picks for fall - Chicago Tribune - September 9, 2015
In this high season for museum exhibitions, here are the 10 events we are most eagerly anticipating.
Free Admission and More Planned for Chicago's Inaugural 'Museum Week' - DNAinfo.com Chicago - September 9, 2015
Some of Chicago's leading cultural attractions are teaming up for an unprecedented "museum week" chock-full of exclusive shows, discounts, and free admission.
For the first time, Chicago museums this fall will band together to offer discounts, special programming and more in a promotion they are calling Chicago Museum Week.
Chicago's first Museum Week lineup announced - TimeOut Chicago - September 8, 2015
Twelve of the city’s top institutions have teamed up to bring Chicago its first Museum Week from October 1–7.
The thought of using venom to help fight cancer may sound shocking, but not to scientists at the Peggy Notebaert Museum.New bee exhibit has Chicago kids buzzing about Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago Parent - August 24, 2015The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is bursting with busy bees. No, there’s not an infestation. The temporary exhibit “The Secrets of Bees” is a colorful haven for any bug lover.
Bike Chicago Part 3 - Gorillas, Butterflies and Beaches - Gone with the Wynns - August 19, 2015
Chicago, Illinois is known by many nicknames such as “City within a Garden”, “Beirut by the Lake”, and “The Jewel of the Midwest” just to name a few. While we have experienced a little bit of it all here, we’re discovering that there are many different sides to this urban oasis.
Nature museum 'celebrates everything insects' with Bug-a-palooza - WGN - August 19, 2015
“Celebrating everything insects,” may not be a phrase that easily comes to mind, but that’s exactly what the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is doing with the Bugapalooza.
Squirrely Behavior - KCUR - August 18, 2015
Bugs are one of the most plentiful sources of protein on our planet, and they could make up a significant portion of our diet. Craig taste tests some bug dishes and learns about the benefits of eating our six-legged friends from experts at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Should you be eating bugs? Is eating bugs better for the environment? Are bugs good for us?
Here to help us dig deeper into Mother Nature's mysteries are Tim Pollak, outdoor floriculturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden; Greg Spyreas, a botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, an ecological research institute based in Champaign; and biologist Doug Taron, Vice President of Research and Conservation at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
DIY Cleaning Products - You & Me This Morning - August 10, 2015
Try your hand at these do-it-yourself cleaning products to save the environment and your money. Sustainability manager, Kristen Pratt dishes on the details.
Dragonfly-nado? Not quite, but there are a lot more of them in Chicagoland this summer - WGN TV - August 5, 2015
WGN’s Amy Rutledge spoke with Allen Lawrance, a living invertebrate specialist at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, who has more info.
Hundreds of Dragonflies Swarm Chicago Area - NBC Chicago - August 5, 2015
Chicagoans visiting the city’s lakefront have likely spotted large swarms of dragonflies flying around the lakefront and officials say the sight is not a common one for this time of year.
What's The Deal With Those Giant Swarms of Dragonflies? - Chicagoist - August 5, 2015
As it turns out, the number green darner dragonflies has exploded this year, according to Doug Taron, Curator of Biology at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
The Great Chicago Dragonfly Invasion, Explained - WBEZ 91.5 - August 5, 2015
We put the question to Doug Taron, curator of biology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Curator of Biology, Doug Taron, debunks the rumors behind the swarms of dragonflies.
Swarms of dragonflies take over Chicago's lakefront - Fox 32 News Chicago - August 4, 2015
Doug Taron, of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, said it's hard to pinpoint exactly why the dragonfly population exploded this year.
Chicago Seeing a Boon of Dragonflies - CBS Chicago - August 4, 2015
Why has the dragonfly population exploded? We ask Curator of Biology Doug Taron.
Why are there so many dragonflies this year? - WGN Radio - August 4, 2015
Dr. Doug Taron, curator of biology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to discuss why there are so many more dragonflies around this summer.
Episode 5: Squirrels vs Hawks - Urban Wildlife Podcast - August 3, 2015
Which is the better gateway drug to nature, squirrels or hawks? Christian Hunold, wildlife photographer and Associate Professor of Political Science at Drexel University joins us to talk about red tailed hawks and ecological citizenship as we listen to an interview withSteve Sullivan, Senior Curator of Urban Ecology and director of Project Squirrel at the Chicago Academy of Sciences’ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Living Invertebrate Specalist Allen Lawrance clears up any confusion around killer wasps.
Bugs on the Move: Superworm - You & Me This Morning - July 13, 2015
Living Invertebrate Specialist Allen Lawrance tells Aly all about the large and vegetarian superworm.
Bugs on the Move: Bees - You & Me This Morning - July 13, 2015
Free for Illinois residents, the Bee exhibit is part of the at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s ‘Bugs on the Move’ series. Aly finds out what all the buzz is about.
Jill Doub Named to Key Leadership Role at Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago Tribune - June 15, 2015
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the urban gateway to nature and science, is proud to name Jill Doub as its new Senior Director of Public Engagement.
Why Do Worms Appear on Sidewalks When It Rains? - DNAinfo.com Chicago - June 12, 2015
It's complicated. Steve Sullivan explains.
Endangered butterfly species not yet taking hold in Elgin fen - Elgin Courier-News - June 8, 2015
About 20 species of butterflies can often be found in area yards, but the endangered species scientists tried to introduce in Elgin still is not showing up.
Get up close and personal with beautiful butterflies at the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
The Bucket List: 7 Overlooked Chicago Museums - Paste Magazine - May 24, 2015
Chicago is home to plenty of parks and natural spaces, but at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum you can explore the ecological history of the city and surrounding area.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's Butterfly Ball - SPLASH - May 14, 2015
The signature ball broke fundraising records, raising $1.85 million in support of the museum’s science education initiatives.
What if spiders could fly? In Chicago, perhaps they do. - Christian Science Monitor - May 8, 2015
Every year, Chicago is inundated with "flying" spiders, and they're not the only city. How do spiders do it? Steve Sullivan explains.
Watch Out For "Flying Spiders" in Chicago - Fox 32 News - May 7, 2015
'Flying spiders': It's a Chicago phenomenon that may keep you up at night. Steve Sullivan explains.
Mag Mile Hotel Tells Guests: Beware Flying Spiders - CBS Chicago - May 7, 2015
Some resilient critters are ready to make their latest attempt to migrate high up. CBS 2's Jeremy Ross spoke to Steve Sullivan, Senior Curator of Urban Ecology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Flying Spiders on the Mag Mile - WGN Radio - May 7, 2015
Every year, flying spiders make their way to tops of our sky scrappers that line the lakefront. Steve Sullivan, Senior Curator of Urban Ecology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to share some information about this odd event that is unique to Chicago
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to Continue to Offer Free Days
Regardless of the pending legislation’s outcome, the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is committed to continuing to provide 52 free days a year – every Thursday -- for all Illinois residents.
A naturalist/writer/artist who has been called the "Audubon of the fishing world" by the New York Times will make his return to Chicago this weekend.
James Prosek: Naturalist and his work at the Notebaert - Chicago Tribune - March 18, 2015
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, which regularly puts on exhibits of artwork related to its up-with-nature mission, is hosting artist/naturalist James Prosek this month.
MUSEUM Magazine - March 2015
Museum magazine included a brief and photo on Rainforest Adventure at the Nature Museum in its “Debuts” section
Bring in a Specimen to Get ID'd at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Saturday - DNAinfo Chicago - February 27, 2015
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's first-ever Discovery Day will feel like the TV show "Antiques Roadshow" — but with a scientific twist.
Attracting museums to parks has been a city trend since 1893, when civic leaders arranged for the Art Institute of Chicago to move to Grant Park and for what we now call the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to move to Lincoln Park.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Names Michelle Rabkin Senior Director of Education - Chicago Tribune - February 15, 2015
Michelle Rabkin, 34, was just named Senior Director of Education at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Chicago-area nature camps explore the wilds -- even in the city - Chicago Tribune - February 5, 2015
For outdoors-minded, city-surrounded kids, day camp doesn't get much cooler than at the Nature Museum.
Taxidermy Workshop at Nature Museum - DNAinfo Chicago - January 30, 2015
Covering up freezer burn on a cardinal or a split lip on a polar bear is just another day on the job for Steve Sullivan.
John Williams Show - WGN Radio - January 20, 2015
Steve Sullivan, an urban ecologist at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, discusses the proper way to get rid of a bat in the house.
Chewing the Fat: Should everyone who eats meat also be able to kill it? - WBEZ's Afternoon Shift - January 14, 2015
WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift hosted the Nature Museum’s Steve Sullivan who proposed questions about meat consumption and ethical hunting.
John Williams Show - WGN Radio - January 14, 2015
John Williams talks to Steve Sullivan about the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s birthday celebrations.
Nature Museum Studying Past for a Better Future - ABC 7 - January 13, 2015
At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum this week they are studying the past so we have a better future.
50 things to do with the kids this winter - Chicago Tribune - January 6, 2015
Don't stay cooped up at home. We have activities the family can enjoy indoors and out.
Finding Your Own Passenger Pigeon - Center for Humans & Nature - January 2015
10 best Chicago museums: Top institutions to visit in Chicago - TimeOut Chicago - December 10, 2014
From prairie and river ecosystems to the biology of Ice Age–mammals, nature and its conservation, the focus at this Lincoln Park museum situated alongside a lagoon is vast and varied.
Museums 101: Nature Just Might Get Back To You - Chicago Tribune - November 6, 2014
Steve Johnson gets the full Judy Istock Butterfly Haven experience in this installment of Museums 101.