Birds face constant threats from predators, pesticides and loss of habitat, but few people realize that millions of birds are killed each year by flying into windows. Amy Rogers Nazarov takes a clear-eyed look at the Smithsonian’s efforts to be bird-friendly. Continue reading Windows can be a real pane for birds
It’s a girl! It’s a boy! We’re celebrating the birth of two rare maned wolf pups at the Conservation Biology Institute in May. Amy Rogers Nazarov spent some time with the head of the Zoo’s Canid Conservation Program to learn more about these mysterious animals, who look more like foxes than wolves but actually are neither. Continue reading And now for the mane event!
What do a feathered dinosaur, a 500,000-gallon aquarium full of hammerhead sharks and the supersonic Northrup F-58 light fighter have in common? They’re all part of the experience at a spectacular new museum in Miami. Continue reading Affiliate Spotlight: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Season two of the acclaimed Sidedoor podcast has arrived! So come on in and check out the first episode about a 150-year-old murder mystery. Continue reading Sidedoor: If these bones could talk
UPDATED: The Smithsonian community is resolute in our commitment to being a welcoming, inclusive, and safe place for all. Join Secretary Skorton, Monday, June 26 for an All-Staff meeting to discuss how we can fight fear and intolerance and lead the conversation about inclusion in America. Continue reading Standing firm against hatred and intolerance
Can an object be gay? Curator Katherine Ott reflects on collecting and interpreting objects representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning history.
Continue reading Spinsters, confirmed bachelors and queer history
Smithsonian staff work countless hours in the halls of our museums and research centers, in the field, at the Zoo, in our gardens and facilities. We are privileged to spend time with some of the nation’s most cherished treasures as we go about our duties. Sometimes, these unique experiences find a special place in our… Continue reading A few of my favorite things: Muhammad Abdur-Rashid
Immigration and circus arts are featured this year, along with a family reunion of Festival staff and volunteers from years past. Continue reading The 50th Smithsonian Folklife Festival builds on a rich history
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the premier of “Star Wars.” Matthew MacArthur explains how this iconic film enthralled a generation and why it still resonates today. Continue reading Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away
Two decades ago, the Smithsonian Latino Center began telling the stories of the millions of Latinos who have contributed to the vast ongoing saga of America. Maria Anderson spoke with the Center’s director about SLC’s mission and its plans for the future. Continue reading ¡Feliz aniversario! The Smithsonian Latino Center enters its third decade