Broad-headed sharpshooter – Oncometopia orbona. Filmed at 6,000 frames per second. October 2021, Raleigh NC.

These photos are works of art — and the artists are bugs

April 1, 2024

A photographer’s innovative technique reveals the flight paths of insects in exquisitely alluring ways. Broad-headed sharpshooter — Oncometopia orbona — filmed at 6,000 frames per second. October 2021, Raleigh NC. Photo: Xavi Bou. By Annie Roth Movements of flying insects make them tough to track, but technological advances and some creative thinking have allowed Spanish… Read More >

Fawn in a green forest

Camera traps help researchers explain animal behavior during global COVID-19 lockdowns

March 25, 2024

Photo: Snapshot USA. By Joey Pitchford A new collaborative study using thousands of cameras around the world reveals how animal behavior changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the study sheds light on how animal behavior was influenced by changes in human behavior during pandemic lockdowns. Led by the University of British Columbia, the study used… Read More >

A minke whale skull rests on a table in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' mammalogy collection.

NC expert says the number of whale deaths along the East Coast in the past couple of weeks is concerning

March 18, 2024

This minke whale skull is just one of many specimens in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ mammalogy collection. Photo: NCMNS. By Annette Weston-Riggs A minke whale washed up on the Outer Banks last week, one of several dead whales found in the region in recent days. Two humpback whales also washed ashore in… Read More >

Museum visitors looking at the sun through eclipse glasses for a transit of Venus, 2012.

Countdown to the eclipse; what we’ll see in ENC in April and how to see it safely

March 7, 2024

A total solar eclipse will cross North America next month, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Dr. Patrick Treuthardt is the Assistant Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and he’s pretty excited for the April eclipse. “Everybody in the contiguous United States is… Read More >

A cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtle in the care of Vet staff at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Three endangered sea turtles now in the care of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

February 26, 2024

By Rachel Duensing RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Three Kemp’s ridley sea turtles needed a little extra TLC after being cold stunned, which is how they ended up at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Dr. Dan Dombrowski, Director of Veterinary Sciences at the museum explains that when ocean water drops below 55… Read More >