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Published: 07-19-2021
  The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) Education Committee hosted the first ever virtual Natural History Education DemoCamp. The goal of the NHE DemoCamp is to share, discover, and discuss educational materials that have a framework in natural history. This is building upon our previous iterations of the 'education share fair' that were hosted at...
Published: 07-14-2021
TDWG 2021, the annual conference of Biodiversity Information Standards, will be held virtually October 18-22, 2021, hosted by the University of Florida.  The theme of this year’s conference, Connecting the world of biodiversity data:  standards uniting people, processes, and tools, will build on lessons learned during the preceding 18 months of virtual interaction and...
Published: 07-02-2021
Written by Erica Krimmel. This month let’s celebrate a friendly beetle that you’ve likely encountered, perhaps out on a hike or at home in your garden: the Soldier Beetle, i.e., a member of the family Cantharidae. These insects are globally distributed and their long antennae and striking colors–often red, orange, or yellow contrasting with black or brown–make them...
Published: 05-26-2021
  "If their lives are short, they are merry," and "they still continue on singing till they die." - Benjamin Banneker Photo by lalo_pangue on Flickr.  There has been plenty of buzz already about the 17-year cycle of the cicada happening this year, but few people know about Benjamin Banneker, a Black man born in 1731, who was one of the...
Published: 05-24-2021
  Thoreau still contributes to climate change research New study uses Henry David Thoreau’s observations of fruiting times Digitized museum specimens, such this bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis), were used to determine the time of fruit ripening. © Consortium of Northeast Herbaria. Researchers from Boston University (BU) combined Henry David Thoreau’s fruiting...
Published: 05-06-2021
  Phlox Contributed by: Molly Phillips Phlox drummondii found on the roadside in Florida this spring. Photo contributed by Shari Ellis. Driving around in the rural landscapes of Florida this time of year is simply breathtaking as all the wildflowers start popping up along the roadsides and fields. One particularly striking flower that is a regular on my drives into town is...
Published: 05-06-2021
  The Guatemala Biodiversity Portal, a national digitization effort using Symbiota Contributed by Samanta Orellana Guatemala is a small but colorful and highly biodiverse country located in Central America. Its unique topography and historical biogeography correlate with a wide variety of ecosystems and endemic Mesoamerican species richness that has been documented in national and...
Published: 03-10-2021
  To Live Forever? The Mesmerizing Case of the Immortal Jellyfish By Cat Chapman Is it possible to never die, to live forever? Surely, this is a question many of us have pondered at least once in our lives. Imagine the freedom it would grant us, to never face dying of old age; to be so lucky to witness infinite historical milestones, achievements of humanity and civilization, to...
Published: 03-02-2021
  The third annual iDigTRIO Biological Career Conference and Fair went virtual for 2021, but had more sessions, more activities, and more participants than ever. This year iDigTRIO included close to 40 virtual mentoring and shadowing experiences, an asynchronous virtual resource fair, an opportunities board, and a three-day virtual conference with three keynotes, four panels, five...
Published: 02-05-2021
    by: Vaughn Shirey, Michael Belitz, Vijay Barve, Rob Guralnick Butterflies are the most sampled insect taxon in terms of the number of opportunistic occurrence records in large biodiversity databases (>1.2 million in iDigBio and > 28-million in GBIF). Additionally, as ectotherms, they are particularly sensitive to their environment, making them an excellent group...

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