FM Science

eagle being prepared

#MuseumLife, Bald Eagle Specimen

Bald eagle Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus Specimen: UF-O-52443 Although bald eagles were on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and impacts from DDT, their populations recovered sufficiently to be taken off the endangered sp...
Chinese wisteria

Five Facts: Wisteria in Florida

Five facts about… Wisteria in Florida Wisteria has become somewhat iconic in lush gardens in the Southeastern United States. In the spring, it’s easy to locat...
large clown knifefish

Florida Invasive Species: Clown Knifefish

The Clown Knifefish, Chitala ornata, is native to Indochina, but has been found in South Florida starting in the 1990s. It is established in Palm Beach and poss...
drawer of mussel shells

#MolluskMonday, Unionidae or river mussels

Unionidae is a family of freshwater mussels with a global range. There are about 300 recognized species in North America alone. They’re also called river mussels because most species live in rivers and creeks. Because most live in water that constant...
finished killdeer specimen

#MuseumLife, The Killdeer Specimen

Specimens are often donated to the Florida Museum by local residents and citizen scientists. If they hold scientific value or are important to a collection, the...
Big brown bat colony

Five Facts: Bats in Florida

Five Facts About… Bats in Florida First of all, there are no vampire bats in Florida! And bats are not rodents. They are in their own order, Chiroptera, which translates to "hand-wing," and most people are surprised to learn that the bone structure...