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 im...
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 possibly Broward counties, Florida, so it has been identified as an invasive species to Florid...
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 mussel...
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...

Odd couples from the natural world – which one are you?

We all have our different ways of showing love, from a hug to flowers to a date at a fancy restaurant. But how do couples in the natural world express themselves? Feel the love with these eight tales of romance, and see if any of them remind you of s...
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...
Rob with a Pike Killifish

#MuseumLife, Holiday in the Field

We know our scientists work hard, so we make sure they have time off to relax, see family, and get out of the lab. Apparently vacation doesn’t actually mean they stop working though. This holiday break, Rob Robins waded through Pinellas and Hillsb...