Check out the links below to read, watch, and listen to some of our most recent press releases, appearances, and media mentions.
Monarch butterfly population declining, won’t receive protections anytime soon – Fox 32 Chicago – December 17, 2020
The benefits of the monarch butterfly are vital to Chicago’s ecosystem, and yet they are dying. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department announced the monarch won’t be receiving protections as an endangered species anytime soon. Doug Taron, chief curator at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, comments on these developments.
Monarch Doesn’t Make Endangered Species Cut, Gets ‘Wait-Listed’ – WTTW – December 15, 2020
It may not have been the decision the monarch’s champions were hoping for, but Doug Taron, curator of biology and vice president of research and conservation at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, said the agency’s statement includes a number of positive takeaways, including the annual review.
Peak season for monarch butterflies reaches Chicago – Fox 32 Chicago – September 18, 2020
Doug Taron, chief curator at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, talks about the phenomenon of monarch butterflies making their way through Chicago.
Monarchs Are on the Move. Catch One Last Colorful Look Before They Flit Away – WTTW – September 18, 2020
The butterflies have been spotted taking a collective breather in trees at Lurie Garden and the Shedd Aquarium, among other locations, which makes sense, according to Doug Taron, curator of biology and vice president of research and conservation at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Monarch Migration Leads to Some Dead Butterflies on Chicago Lakefront – WTTW – October 10, 2019
These same butterflies that emerge in northeastern North America at the end of the summertime will fly down to the mountains about 100 miles east of Mexico City,” said Doug Taron, chief curator at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Fearing the ‘Insect Apocalypse’? Renowned Entomologist Says ‘Get Rid of Your Lawn’ – WTTW – October 2, 2019
On Thursday, Berenbaum will visit Lincoln Park’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to lead a public discussion about the importance of pollinators and the growing body of research pointing to the rapid decline of some insect species, a trend that has been labeled the “insect apocalypse.”
Chicago Museum Tags Monarch Butterflies to Follow Migration – NBC 5 Chicago – September 17, 2019
You’ll find several species in the butterfly garden at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, but the monarch butterfly’s brilliant orange-patterned wings stand out. For years, the monarch population was dwindling.
52 Endangered Blanding’s Turtles Released in DuPage County – WTTW – September 11, 2019
After spending their first year at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 52 endangered Blanding’s turtles were released into the wild Wednesday morning in DuPage County.
Kids Should Play Outside Whether They Like It Or Not – WBEZ Chicago – August 8, 2019
With a few weeks of summer break left, Morning Shift checks in with the Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum on ways to explore nature in and around Chicago (for both adults and children of all ages).
What’s Up With Bugs In Chicago This Summer? – WBEZ Chicago – July 30, 2019
Allen Lawrance, Associate Curator of Entomology at the Peggy Notebaert Museum, talks about the insect populations in and around Chicago, and what we can do to stop their decline and encourage growth.
There Are More Lightning Bugs in the Chicago Area This Summer. Here’s Why – NBC 5 Chicago – July 29, 2019
Allen Lawrance, associate curator of entomology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, said a bumper crop of bugs is due to a rainy spring in the Chicago area.
There Are More Fireflies In Chicago Than Usual This Year. Here’s Why – NPR Weekend Edition – July 28, 2019
NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Doug Taron of the Chicago Academy of Sciences why Chicagoans are seeing more lightning bugs this year.
Summer Activities at the Peggy Notebaert Museum – ABC 7 Chicago – July 25, 2019
This summer you can enjoy the best of Chicago nature at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Why Are There So Many Fireflies in Chicago? – WTTW – July 18, 2019
Doug Taron, chief curator at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, says there has been a decrease in firefly populations in recent years. One reason for that is loss of habitat.
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.