Peter Kennedy, fungi collection curator at the Bell Museum

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  • Lichen Minded

    Published06/09/2020 , By Eve Daniels

    Next time you’re out in nature, take a moment to look for the lichens. You’ll see their unique colors and patterns on the rocks, trees, and stone structures everywhere from Northern Minnesota to the world’s deserts, tropics, and tundras. A symbiotic organism that’s part fungi, part algae or cyanobacteria, lichens…
  • Diorama Spotlight: Big Woods

    Published05/28/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    During early European settlement of this continent, French traders referred to the more than 2,000 square miles of hardwood forest in what is now south-central Minnesota as the “Big Woods.” Not only was the forest vast, but the trees that grew there were huge (or “big”)! Today, all that remains…
  • Minnesota Skies: June 2020

    Published05/27/2020 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    Venus has just left the evening sky, and now Jupiter and Saturn are moving in. By mid-month, both will be up in the southeast before midnight. Jupiter, by far the brighter planet, shines west of Saturn and leads the ringed planet across the night sky.
  • 2020 Graduate Awards & Fellowships

    Published05/19/2020

    Congratulations to 2020 recipients of these natural history awards and fellowships!
  • International Day for Biological Diversity

    Published05/18/2020 , By Adam Hartman & Heather Cummins

    As we kick off the first day of the week leading up to the International Day for Biological Diversity on Friday, let’s take a look at what it is and why it matters. The short version is that it’s a day the United Nations declared for increasing understanding and awareness…
  • #museumathome with Animal Crossing

    Published05/17/2020

    We’re talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons across our social media platforms today.  Want to know more about the game and why museum folks—including our staff members—play? Jenny Stampe, associate director of public education and science learning, has some questions for her colleagues who play the game.
  • Diorama Spotlight: Beavers at Lake Itasca

    Published05/14/2020 , By Amber Kastner, public science events manager

    Completed in 1919, the Beavers at Lake Itasca diorama is the oldest in the current Bell Museum. After beginning its history in the Zoology building at the University of Minnesota, it was moved in 1940 to the former Bell Museum on Church Street before being transferred once more to its…
  • Adventures in Plant Evolution

    Published05/13/2020 , By Eve Daniels

    Ya Yang hiked to a glacier in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Lightning cracked in the distance. Yang and her collaborators found the plant they were looking for, pulled it from the icy water, roots and all.
  • Reeling in the Centuries

    Published05/11/2020 , By Eve Daniels

    There are around 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota, and they are surrounded by some 4,500 good fishing lakes. Whether you’re one of those 1.4 million, or you simply have a fascination with fishes, you can take some local pride in the fishes collection at the Bell Museum.
  • A Bell Volunteer’s Perspective

    Published , By Ward Tongen

    Enjoy this guest post from Bell volunteer Ward Tongen.