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Field Guides-Field Museum The Field Guides Initiative is part of the Field Museum's Keller Science Action Center's Conservation Tools Program. Office hours: Tuesday-Friday (8am-3pm)

Field Guides are inexpensive and convenient solutions to make knowledge of plants and animals accessible from different areas in the world or specific groups of organisms. They are collections of color images which are ideal for the beginning student, and when used with books and museum collections can speed up the process of identification for all research and inventory. We encourage others to create guides, and we get them out where people can find them. They can be downloaded for free. Rapid Color Guides are Conservation Tools. Just one part of a program to produce many different tools useful for both conservation and other field research. These are developed, with both local and international partners, by the Action Center of the Field Museum, Chicago. For more information about us go to: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/science/conservation

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Are you in Chicago and it's surroundings? Want to explore the trees around you, in your yard, in the park, and along the...
09/15/2020

Are you in Chicago and it's surroundings? Want to explore the trees around you, in your yard, in the park, and along the street? Download a copy of our new field guide, Common Trees of the Chicago Region, a gorgeous 18-page field guide with 180 high-quality photos, and a set of graphics with additional information to help you identify many of the native and non-native tree species in the region.
https://fieldguides.fieldmuseum.org/guides/guide/1247
This field guide, authored by Melissa Custic and Iza Redlinski, is a partnership between The Morton Arboretum and the Field Museum's Keller Science Action Center and aims to shows the most common trees in the Chicago Region. Still, nearly 200 tree species can thrive in the area. For more information about them, check out The Morton Arboretum's online Tree Selector Tool at mortonarb.org/tree-selector.

An interesting case of using field guides to prove you are a scientist. Tanisha Williams, a botanist at Bucknell Univers...
09/14/2020
Black scientists highlight racism in the lab and the field

An interesting case of using field guides to prove you are a scientist. Tanisha Williams, a botanist at Bucknell University, knows exactly which plants she's looking for. But after being questioned by strangers in public parks, Williams, who is Black, has started carrying her field guides with her. "Now, I bring my wildflower books and botanical field guides, trying to look like a scientist. [...] Overt harassment and subtle intimidation during fieldwork compound the discrimination that Black scientists and those from other underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds already feel in academic settings.
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/life/2020/09/13/black-scientists-racism-lab-fieldwork/114007500/

Many Black environmental scientists, worrying about whether they are likely to be harassed or asked to justify their presence while doing work

Here is an article (in Spanish) to know more about how botany and gastronomy are connected.
09/14/2020

Here is an article (in Spanish) to know more about how botany and gastronomy are connected.

Tamales, envueltos... ¿Qué otra comida "en hoja" recuerdan? 🌿

En este texto, el antropólogo Julián Estrada aborda la cocina en hoja, procedimiento culinario de origen precolombino que se practica en diferentes cocinas del mundo y se expresa en Colombia de forma muy distintiva. En su artículo nos expone la diversidad de especies cuyas hojas son utilizadas, así como sus diferentes usos, e incluye un numeroso inventario de preparaciones originales que se dan en toda la geografía nacional y que hacen uso de estas fibras naturales. El autor ahonda en el carácter estético, práctico e identitario de esta particular forma de elaborar y presentar los alimentos.

Este artículo esta disponible en la última edición de nuestro 'Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico' #BCB:

http://ow.ly/kIYu50AWWfV

Why we love spiders? They eat insects inside our homes and keep crop-destroying pests under control. We can all apprecia...
09/10/2020

Why we love spiders? They eat insects inside our homes and keep crop-destroying pests under control. We can all appreciate that and the fact that their silk is strong like steel, which is currently inspiring mechanical engineering research. There is also research under development to discover how spider's venom can work as a safer painkiller. We hope that the more you know, the less you get scared of these impressive creatures.
Here is our new field guide, "Selected Spiders of Quintana Roo, Mexico.", authored by Cesar Raziel Lucio-Palacio, Humberto Bahena Bassave, Yann Henaut. This guide's authors planned to use it during scientific dissemination, capacity building, and outreach activities organized by their institution, ECOSUR (El Colegio de la Frontera Sur). ECOSUR is a research center that is part of the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt).

This article, published yesterday by the sciencemag.com, compares the numbers of vascular plant species in the three maj...
09/10/2020
The distribution of biodiversity richness in the tropics

This article, published yesterday by the sciencemag.com, compares the numbers of vascular plant species in the three major tropical areas. The Afrotropical Region (Africa south of the Sahara Desert plus Madagascar), roughly equal in size to the Latin American Region (Mexico southward), has only 56,451 recorded species (about 170 being added annually), as compared with 118,308 recorded species (about 750 being added annually) in Latin America. Southeast Asia, only a quarter the size of the other two tropical areas, has approximately 50,000 recorded species, with an average of 364 being added annually. Thus, Tropical Asia is likely to be proportionately richest in plant diversity, and for biodiversity in general, for its size. In the animal groups we reviewed, the patterns of species diversity were mostly similar except for mammals and butterflies. Judged from these relationships, Latin America may be home to at least a third of global biodiversity.

We compare the numbers of vascular plant species in the three major tropical areas. The Afrotropical Region (Africa south of the Sahara Desert plus Madagascar), roughly equal in size to the Latin American Region (Mexico southward), has only 56,451 recorded species (about 170 being added annually), a...

The Field Museum has a new president and CEO. Welcome to the team, Julian Siggers.
09/02/2020

The Field Museum has a new president and CEO. Welcome to the team, Julian Siggers.

We’re thrilled to wish our new president and CEO, Julian Siggers, a happy first day on the job. Julian joins us from the Penn Museum where he served as director, using his background as an archaeologist to help inform his museum leadership. Throughout his career, Julian has worked to make science and museums accessible for everyone. “In these turbulent times, the Field’s mission to investigate the world and share science with the public takes on an added urgency. Museums like the Field are uniquely positioned to engage with the public, share knowledge, and build a better world.”

We’ll be chatting live with Julian on September 21 at 1:30pmCT during Meet A Scientist Online. Tune in here to join us!

The field guide "Onagraceae of the State of Ceará, Brazil" was designed and produced by Hugo Pereira do Nascimento and L...
09/01/2020

The field guide "Onagraceae of the State of Ceará, Brazil" was designed and produced by Hugo Pereira do Nascimento and Lígia Queiroz Matias. For Ceará, the Onagraceae plant family is represented by seven species, all belonging to the genus Ludwigia. Their populations occur associated with swampy environments, making them frequent in studies involving the region's aquatic flora. Identifying Ludwigia species only by their leaves and stems causes many misunderstandings due to their high phenotypic plasticity in these organs. A field guide like this one containing photos of its white or yellow flowers, fruits, and seeds helps researchers address this problem. This guide is the 16th field guide for the state of Ceará, all of which result from several researchers' work, who contribute day and night to the advancement of knowledge and dissemination about regional flora.
https://fieldguides.fieldmuseum.org/guides/guide/1256

Parque Estadual Dunas do Natal was created in 1977 as the first Conservation Unit in the State of Rio Grande do Norte (B...
09/01/2020

Parque Estadual Dunas do Natal was created in 1977 as the first Conservation Unit in the State of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). Stretching for 1,172 hectares, it is considered the largest urban park atop dunes in Brazil and is recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) as part of the Brazilian Atlantic forest biosphere reserve. The preliminary studies about the flora of this important Atlantic forest fragment reveal an incredible floral diversity with more than 450 plant species, including endemic, rare, and endangered species.

🌳The Field Guide “Trees of the Parque das Dunas – Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)” is the first field guide from this Conservation Unit and presents 50 species of native trees found within its limits. Other field guides, including herbs, shrubs, lianas, are in development. The authors hope this guide will be an essential tool for reporting the local flora, and that it helps support environmental education activities, research, and conservation of the park. The field guides team is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with botanist and curator of the Dunas Park Herbarium Alan Roque, and the other authors. Roque has two other guides published with us, and two more in the queue.

🥳Special thanks to professor Jomar Jardim who reviewed the final version of this guide, and whose birthday is today! Happy Birthday, Jomar!

https://fieldguides.fieldmuseum.org/guides/guide/1284

Yearly, our Action Keller Science Center (Field Museum) honors an outstanding individual, team, or organization in conse...
08/28/2020

Yearly, our Action Keller Science Center (Field Museum) honors an outstanding individual, team, or organization in conservation biology with the Parker-Gentry Award. The Award bears the names of ornithologist Theodore A. Parker III and botanist Alwyn Gentry, who were killed in 1993 when their plane crashed during an aerial survey of an Ecuadorian cloud forest.
This year, Dr. Michael Goulding, one of the leading experts on Amazonian rivers, will receive this Award during a Zoom virtual ceremony. You are invited to attend Dr. Goulding's presentation this coming September 9 at 4 pm (Bogotá, Quito, Lima time 🕔)
✅To receive a Zoom link, RSVP to Ellen at [email protected].
✅To learn more about the history of the Parker/Gentry Award, visit parkergentry.fieldmuseum.org.

Indonesia, the largest archipelago country in the world, and third-largest forested country after Congo and Brazil conta...
08/23/2020

Indonesia, the largest archipelago country in the world, and third-largest forested country after Congo and Brazil contain 10 percent of the world's flowering plant species (25,000 flowering plants), 12 percent of the world's mammal species, 16 percent of all reptile and amphibian and 17 percent of the world's bird species. Together, bryophytes are the second-largest land plants after flowering plants and are pivotal in understanding early land plant evolution. Bryophytes are non-vascular plants that include mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. They are essential components of the vegetation in many regions of the world, constituting a significant part of the biodiversity in moist forest, wetland, mountain and tundra ecosystems. Bryophytes are also ecologically and environmentally relevant, for example, playing a vital role in the global carbon budget, plant succession, and offering microhabitats critical to the survival of a tremendous diversity of organisms single-celled eukaryotes, protozoa and numerous groups of invertebrates.
Ainun Nadhifah, a scientist from the Research Center for Plant Conservation and Botanic Gardens, Cibodas Botanical Garden Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), in partnership with Field Museum’s Botany and Field Guides team, produced the first-ever field guide, in the Field Museum's format of bryophytes for beginners in Bahasa Indonesia. The guide includes an introduction to bryophytes, how to distinguish them from lichens and ferns, common habitats, and common genera that one might encounter. Language is one of the several barriers that hinder interest and research on bryophytes because many references of Indonesian bryophytes are available in English, Dutch, German, etc. The authors hope that this guide in Bahasa Indonesia will spark Indonesians interest in learning and studying these organisms.
https://fieldguides.fieldmuseum.org/guides/guide/1270

PARTICIPATE with us today and tomorrow in the campaign "Ayudémos a los y las Guardianas del Bosque" (Help the Guardians ...
08/15/2020
Stereo Zónica ¨De la Selva Su Festival Live 2020"

PARTICIPATE with us today and tomorrow in the campaign "Ayudémos a los y las Guardianas del Bosque" (Help the Guardians of the Forest). This campaign focus on supporting 10,800 people from 79 communities near Regional Protected Areas (ACRs) in Loreto, PERU, who have been hit hard by the COVID. Several of these guardians have passed away over the last month. Please help our Andes Amazon team' Peruvian partners and the Environment Regional Authority (ARA) by
1. Enjoying good music and contribute to the campaign through StereoZónica Festival Live 2020, a free access festival, live streaming music, and other art events
https://live.joinnus.com/lima-stereo-zonica-de-la-selva-su-festival-live-2020-38921 OR
2. Donating any amount to
https://www.gofundme.com/f/8w2vf7-ayudemos-a-los-y-las-guardianes-del-bosque

Stereozónica, primer festival streaming de ayuda a nuestra selva peruana afectada por el COVID-19. Más 20 Artistas nacionales e internacionales, una sola causa, ayudar a 92 comunidades indígenas de 4 Áreas de Conservación Regional.

Hi to all our Chicago friends. It's today! This year the Southside back-to-school parade and family-friendly picnic in W...
08/08/2020

Hi to all our Chicago friends. It's today! This year the Southside back-to-school parade and family-friendly picnic in Washington Park that's traditionally held on the second Saturday in August will take the form of a one hour TV special, Bud Billiken: Celebrating 91 Years. It will air twice on ABC7 today at 1PM Saturday. The Field Museum will participate in a short video in the education portion of the program.

We’re thrilled to participate in tomorrow’s virtual Bud Billiken Parade, celebrating Chicago’s youth. 🎉 We’re supporting the next generation of scientists and community leaders through unique programming connecting students to our staff and nature.

Levi Jenkins grew up in Englewood and got involved with Calumet is My Back Yard through his biology class. CIMBY is a joint program with Chicago Public Schools, connecting teens with nature on the South Side of Chicago. One field trip led to one Field internship—and then another. Through these experiences, Levi discovered his, “incredible capacity to lead and build a community with others to create a better world for everyone.” He now teaches high school English and mentors students, sharing his contagious spirit for positive change.

Ylanda Wilhite started as a student volunteer and intern at the museum. “My internship took me all over the city and exposed me to different people, languages, and food that I was unaware of.” Ylanda is now the Field’s Senior Partnership Coordinator for our Keller Science Action Center, helping to create strong community partnerships around environmental education.

Learn how students are connecting with ecologists, educators, and other youth from across the city to experience and conserve nature ➡️ fieldmuseum.org/youth

Celebrations are officially starting now! We published our 300th guide for BRAZIL! 🇧🇷🍹🎉The field guide “Flora of the Ita...
08/07/2020

Celebrations are officially starting now! We published our 300th guide for BRAZIL! 🇧🇷🍹🎉

The field guide “Flora of the Itaperi Campus of the State University of Ceará (UECE), Brasil, was produced by Gabrielle Glayssa de Oliveira, Valéria Sampaio, and Eliseu de Lucena, with pictures collected in the 18.37 ha of the urbanized area. Their study in the area revealed rich biodiversity represented by 135 species, 122 genera and 57 botanical families, most of which are native to Brazil. The authors believe that this guide will assist in future research, especially in the teaching of Botany, in addition to contributing to the conservation and preservation of local biodiversity.

To those of you who met Ana Lemos during our Spanish Live Event last week, here is a great opportunity to learn about he...
08/05/2020

To those of you who met Ana Lemos during our Spanish Live Event last week, here is a great opportunity to learn about her work. Ana will be live on the Field Museum's Facebook TODAY at 3pm CST sharing super fun stories of field work in the Amazon. 💚

In 2014 the first version of Plants of Greenland, authored by Sune Holt, was published on our webpage. This 18-page fiel...
08/04/2020

In 2014 the first version of Plants of Greenland, authored by Sune Holt, was published on our webpage. This 18-page field guide was the result of five years of botany fieldwork in western, southern, and northeastern Greenland, including habitat studies of caribou and musk oxen populations. In the following year, it was revised with an addition of seven more pages, and now, five years later, Holt partnered with Jan Thomas Johansson resulting in 3rd version of Plants of Greenland. This current guide has taken an enormous step forward compared to previous versions as it now includes more than 600 species among its 98 pages. This guide also now includes a significant number of invasive species as well as introduced species, which are highly crucial for the constant monitoring of the flora's adaptation to climate warming and anthropogenic impacts. Sune explained that " A high number of colleagues, citizen scientists, and botanical museums from Canada, the United States, Scandinavia, and Russia have been a great help providing photos of several high-arctic species, only rarely observed in Greenland. Without their help, it would have been impossible to cover all the species with pictures. Citizen science has become increasingly crucial for the advancement of research on conservation and biodiversity, especially for the Artic's ecosystems what are under unprecedented pressures and rapid change due to climate warming."
https://fieldguides.fieldmuseum.org/guides/guide/548

We are getting the most extensive field guide of all, ready to be published tomorrow! It will have 98 pages filled with ...
08/04/2020

We are getting the most extensive field guide of all, ready to be published tomorrow! It will have 98 pages filled with more than 1880 photos of plant species, gorgeous habitats shots, and a useful map in the end! Stay tuned. #fieldguidesfieldmuseum #fieldmuseum

Vamos tomar café no Instagram com a Dra. Marilia Nunes Rodrigues, da Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (UFRA), que ...
08/03/2020

Vamos tomar café no Instagram com a Dra. Marilia Nunes Rodrigues, da Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (UFRA), que foi uma das sete pesquisadoras brasileiras vencedoras do Prêmio Para Mulheres na Ciência 2017, promovido pela L’Oréal em parceria com UNESCO e a ABC. O prêmio reconhece a contribuição de mulheres no campo acadêmico brasileiro em quatro áreas de conhecimento: Física, Matemática, Química e Ciências da Vida. A cientista atua na área de genética de populações, estudando diversidade, estrutura e diferenciação genética de peixes nativos brasileiros; espécies ameaçadas de extinção e espécies com potencial para produção em cativeiro. Conversa em Português.

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