Birds

  • Diorama Spotlight: Cranes in the Red River Valley

    Published05/01/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    It’s early May in the Red River Valley. Thousands of lesser and greater sandhill cranes gather just outside Fertile, Minnesota, on the sand dunes that remain of the dried lake bed of glacial Lake Agassiz. This is one of the sandhill cranes’ pit stops on their annual spring migration from…
  • Happy International Crow and Raven Appreciation Day!

    Published04/27/2020 , By Heather Cummins, gallery programs coordinator

    Crows and ravens are members of the bird family Corvidae (also referred to as corvids) which contains ravens, crows, magpies, and jays. The genus Corvus contains 45 or more distinct species occurring across the globe. In Minnesota, our representatives of the genus include American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and common/northern ravens…
  • City Nature Challenge 2020

    Published04/23/2020

    Since 2016, The City Nature Challenge has become an international effort for people to engage with nature and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, City Nature Challenge 2020 will not be a challenge to get the most entries or number of…
  • Earth Day 2020

    Published04/20/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

  • Diorama Spotlight: Lake Pepin’s Sand Point

    Published04/17/2020 , By Amber Kastner, public science events manager

  • The Sandhill Crane Migration is On!

    Published04/09/2020 , By Anna Kottkamp

    Sandhill cranes have been spotted beginning their spring migration through Minnesota, giving us a chance to watch and learn about these extraordinary animals once on the brink of being endangered. 
  • Spring into Citizen Science (In Your Backyard)

    Published04/06/2020 , By Holly Menninger

    April is Citizen Science Month! Holly Menninger, director of public engagement and science learning at the Bell, shares her thoughts and tips for how to get involved in citizen science this month. 
  • Like a Duck to Water

    Published12/17/2019 , By Eve Daniels

    Sushma Reddy’s earliest, most vivid memory with birds wasn’t in a tropical rainforest or a remote mountain range. It was in New York City. As she was finishing her undergraduate studies in environmental science at Barnard College, Reddy landed an internship at the American Museum of Natural History, which is…
  • Conserving Audubon’s ‘Birds’

    Published , By Don Luce

    No single person better represents the integration of science, art, and nature than John James Audubon (1785-1851). Read more about the eccentric genius behind Birds of America.
  • Freezing to Life

    Published06/02/2019 , By Eve Daniels

    The museum’s genetic collection will not only help to fill in gaps in current research. It will also serve as a critical resource for future generations.