Check out the links below to read, watch, and listen to some of our most recent press releases, appearances, and media mentions.
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.