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Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Museum brings nature indoors for kids – WBEZ Chicago – December 15, 2021
Are you looking for something for your kids to do this winter break that’s fun, educational and won’t break the bank? Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum says it has what you’re looking for.
‘I swear to God, he’s the image of my neighbour’: Do you recognise anyone in this 100-year-old film? – The Irish Times – December 15, 2021
Footage shot in Ireland in the 1920s by a US ornithologist is being restored. Can you help?
Peggy Notebaert Museum Restoring Nearly Century-Old Films By Ornithologist Benjamin Gault, Showing Rare Scenes Of 1920s Ireland – CBS Chicago – December 14, 2021
“He was fascinated by birds, and he was highly organized and methodical in his study,” said Dawn Roberts, senior director of collections for the Chicago Academy of Sciences’ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Century-Old Silent Films Of Ireland To Be Digitally Restored By Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – CBS Chicago – December 14, 2021
The films by ornithologist Benjamin Gault show not only birds, but many scenes of life in Ireland in the 1920s. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum opens new ‘Secret Forest’ exhibit for kids – Fox32 Chicago – December 14, 2021
At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park, a new exhibit allows crawlers and tots to touch, observe and experience wilderness safely. It’s called the Secret Forest and is included in general museum admission.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum opens new Secret Forest exhibit – ABC 7 Chicago – December 13, 2021
The outdoors come in with a new exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park.
Rare footage documents life in 1920s Ireland – Irish Central – December 13, 2021
Footage shot by American ornithologist Benjamin Gault was recently uncovered in Chicago, offering a glimpse into daily life in Ireland during the 1920s.
Silent Films Offer Rare Glimpses of Life in 1920s Ireland – The New York Times – December 11, 2021
Shot by an American ornithologist in the early years of Irish independence, the footage turned up in the archives of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and is being restored.
Nature museum building $4 million play area for kids – WBBM Newsradio – November 4, 2021
Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is undertaking its first major building reconstruction in 20 years.
Notebaert Nature Museum begins $4 million project to create Nature’s Playspace – Chicago Tribune – November 4, 2021
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a museum devoted to all things nature and run by Chicago Academy of Sciences, on Thursday breaks ground on a new, $4 million exhibit, the first big construction project for the museum in two decades.
Why Are There So Many Butterflies in Chicago Right Now? – NBC5 Chicago – September 24, 2021
We invited Associate Curator of Entomology Allen Lawrence from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to explain why butterflies have taken over the city.
How to Attract Monarch Butterflies Into Your Yard During Their Migration – NBC 5 Chicago – September 23, 2021
According to experts at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the beautiful butterflies are now in what’s called the Great Monarch Migration, where butterflies in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains, travel south to survive the winter.
Where’s the Best Place to Spot Monarch Butterflies as Migration Passes Through Chicago – NBC 5 Chicago – September 9, 2021
One wave of monarch butterflies has been in Chicago for about the past week and a half, with another likely on the way down from Wisconsin that should be in the city “soon,” according to Doug Taron, chief curator for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
How to spot migrating monarch butterflies in Chicago this week – TimeOut Chicago – September 8, 2021
“We’re seeing migratory behavior here in Chicago already, but the real peak of the migration appears to be in Wisconsin at the moment,” says Dr. Doug Taron, chief curator at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Monarch butterfly migration makes its way to Chicago – Fox 32 Chicago – September 8, 2021
Dr. Doug Taron from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum talks about the migratory habits of the monarch butterflies and where Chicagoans can expect to see them.
An Orland Park woman’s home-raised monarch butterfly makes it to central Mexico, 2,000 miles away: ‘What are the chances?’ – Chicago Tribune – September 8, 2021
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum chief curator Doug Taron, who has tagged hundreds of monarchs over the past eight years, said he has never had a monarch turn up on a list of recovered tags.
Monarch Migration Likely to Touch Down in Chicago Next Week – Chicago Tribune – September 2, 2021
The fall monarch migration, in which millions of butterflies travel up to 3,000 miles south to California and Mexico, is already underway in Wisconsin and Canada, with reports of the intrepid insects gathering in large groups to rest in trees or refuel in nectar-rich fields. And the spectacle will likely reach Chicago next week, according to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum chief curator Doug Taron.
It’s National Moth Week, And Boy Do These Underappreciated Creatures Deserve the Spotlight – WTTW – July 20, 2021
The thing is, there aren’t a whole lot of people looking. When moths come out to play, most folks are sleeping. What we’re missing out on, said Allen Lawrance, an entomologist at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, is moths’ incredible diversity.
A Nooks-And-Crannies Field Guide To Chicago Plants – WBEZ – June 21, 2021
These ten tenacious plants grow everywhere from railroad tracks to sidewalk cracks. Three experts explain how they survive city life.
17-year cicada swarm to begin in Illinois, Indiana in a couple of weeks – Fox 32 Chicago – May 11, 2021
The 17-year cicadas are returning by the trillions to a large portion of the Midwest, including some Illinois counties south of Chicago. “You’re going to see them everywhere. They’re going to be screaming at you,” said Allen Lawrance, Associate Curator of Entomology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.
Trillions of cicadas about to emerge in 15 states, including Illinois and Indiana – Fox 32 Chicago – May 5, 2021
Soon, trillions of cicadas will be emerging. These are the noisy insects that have been growing underground for the past 17 years. We talk with Allen Lawrence, Associate Curator of Entomology at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
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.
How to visit Chicago museums online during the pandemic – Chicago Tribune – November 25, 2020
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park is one of the larger museums that chose not to open back up this summer. Beginning in July, it’s been crafting a series of “Curious By Nature” YouTube videos that run 3 to 10 minutes long and are aimed at younger viewers.
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.