Have you ever wondered how snakes hear? They don’t have ears like we do, but they do have a a special jawbone!
Have you ever wondered why box turtles are called box turtles? There’s a very good reason, and it has to do with their shells!
We hope you and your family are safe and healthy at home, but we know how difficult it is to be away from school, friends, and activities. That’s why we’re happy to provide you with this new email series, dedicated to a day’s worth of nature and science facts, activities, guiding questions to ask your kids, and more!
By Allen Lawrance, Associate Curator of Entomology There are a few simple things that anyone can do if they have garden or even a porch at home. Provide nectar resources […]
Parrots, macaws, parakeets… these rainbowed tropical birds put to shame the brown and gray birds that are so common in Illinois and Chicago. Even Chicago’s brightest birds—cardinals, blue jays, gold finches—are vibrant, but single-colored. Why are bright and multi-colored birds so common in tropical rain forests, and nowhere to be found in temperate climates like Chicago?
Clouds are created from water vapor that condenses into water droplets, and warm air and water vapor will rise above the cold air around it.
Cicadas are the song of summer across the United States, Chicago included. Even just two miles from downtown the droning of cicadas in trees can be downright overwhelming in July and August afternoons. But cicadas are so small: how do they make such a powerful sound?
Turtles: they’re not renowned for their speed. Sure, the turtle** wins in The Tortoise and the Hare, but just to serve as a humiliating example of arrogance.
Like all insects, this caterpillar has only 6 legs.
If you’ve spent a year in the United States, then you’ve heard the honks and seen the distinctive v-shaped flying pattern of Canada geese. But geese aren’t the only birds to fly in an orderly pattern: pelicans and ibises adopt the same v-shape when flying in flocks. What do these birds have in common, and what benefit do they gain from flying in a “v” shape?