Reptile & Amphibian Day: March 17, 2018

Here lizard, lizard, lizard . . . Museum hosts Reptile & Amphibian Day, March 17

March 5, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — From five-lined skinks to green anoles, did you know there are 14 different species of lizard found in North Carolina? Eleven of which are native to the state, and three that are not. Find out more when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts its 24th annual Reptile & Amphibian Day,… Read More >

Grand Prize winner, "The Maze," by Kevin Nestvogel.

Winning Wildlife Photos on Display at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

February 20, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — For the second straight year, the Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition produced a “first.” In 2016, Frank Ellison became the first photographer to win the Grand Prize two years in a row. The 2017 Photo Competition ended with the first Grand Prize photograph taken with a drone after Kevin Nestvogel took… Read More >

Concave Iceberg, Antarctica. Photo by Norma Longo.

Longo’s “A Touch of Nature” photographs featured at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery in March

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Photographer Norma Longo looks for beauty and shapes in the landscape, particularly in geologic landforms, and then captures images using a point-and-shoot technique. The photographs in her latest exhibition, “A Touch of Nature,” are favorites from her world travels and will be on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’… Read More >

Solenopsis xyloni ant by Clint Penick.

Study Sheds New Light on Antibiotics Produced by Ants

February 6, 2018

This photo shows foragers of the desert fire ant, Solenopsis xyloni, collecting flower nectar. A recent study finds that ants in this genus produce some of the strongest antimicrobials measured in social insects. Photo credit: Clint Penick. Ants, like humans, deal with disease. To deal with the bacteria that cause some of these diseases, some… Read More >

Sir Walter Wally at Groundhog Day 2015.

Sir Walter Wally accepts Groundhog Day challenge at Museum of Natural Sciences, Feb.2

January 26, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Twelve inches of snow one week, sunny and 70 degrees the next. What’s a groundhog to do? Find out when Sir Walter Raleigh makes his annual Groundhog Day appearance at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The free event is held Friday, February 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a… Read More >