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The Academy in the News

Check back here regularly for the latest stories about the Academy of Natural Sciences in the news. Our scientists, research, educational programs, special events, and exhibits are frequently highlighted in local, national, and international media.

Here’s why you might be seeing more fireflies than usual this year in the Delaware Valley

Philly Voice

July 6

Entomologist Jon Gelhaus describes the factors affecting local firefly populations.

Science museum to show off its dino might at night

The Philadelphia Tribune

June 23

A feature on Dinos After Dark, including July 17 with BalletX.

How fish meant for market might end up in a museum

Atlas Obscura

June 12

Feature with lots of images of ichthyologist Mark Sabaj’s quest to add an opah to the collection; includes historical perspective from Senior Fellow Robert Peck.

Get Up Close and Personal With ‘Xtreme Bugs’

Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent

May 24

More than 20 massive animatronic bugs invade the museum in this new immersive exhibit.

A magnified look at the fascinating world of insects

KYW Newsradio

 May 22

“It’s a bug’s life and we’re just living it;” a look at the new Xtreme Bugs exhibit.

Xtreme Bugs opens Saturday

CBS 3

May 23

Live interview w Exhibits Senior Director Jennifer Sontchi from the exhibit. 

17 Gigantic bugs have crawled into the Academy of Natural Sciences for ‘Xtreme Bugs’ exhibit

The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News/Philly.com

May 22

A preview features on Xtreme Bugs. 

10 Reasons You Should Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences this Month

Mommy Poppins

May 21

Dinosaurs is the first of 10 reasons to visit us.

Bird Nerd podcast

Urban Engineers.com

May 15

Ornithology Curator Jason Weckstein is interviewed as the first guest on a new podcast.

With nation’s first city-owned mussel hatchery, Philly employing bivalves in the battle to improve water quality

Plan Philly

May 2

Scientist Roger Thomas is interviewed in a story about the new partnership agreement with the Academy and six others to form the Aquatic Research and Restoration Center.

Malaria-carrying parasites spread more when they can jump into multiple birds

Phys.org

April 30

A new study by ornithologist Jason Weckstein on blood parasites and birds.

Wild in the Streets: Tracking Philly’s Coyote Connection

Hidden City

April 30

A story about a wild coyote running around Philly, include a bit about Thomas Say, one of the Academy’s founders and his connection to the mammals in the 19th century. 

How big cities like Philly are creating entirely new animal species

BillyPenn.com

April 17

Entomologist Isa Betancourt’s insect survey in Logan Square fountain is featured in a story about the Academy Town Square “How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution.”

Haddon Township Therapy Chicken Rosebud Died

Courier-Post

April 16

On the death of Rosebud the therapy chicken, Educator Hollie Barattolo comments on the important role the animal played at the museum’s Access to Autism events. 

William Penn Foundation gives $42M to protect Delaware River, bringing total to $100M

The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News/Philly.com

April 4

Academy receives $3.2 million grant from the William Penn Foundation for its leadership role in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative.

Nerdy nightlife: 9 awesome after-hours events at Philadelphia museums

Penn Live 
 
April 2
 
Door 19 gets its due in this roundup of nerdy events at museum nights.

Dinos After Dark and Crocs

Fox 29

March 23

Fox 29 does a live segment about Dinos After Dark  in the Crocs exhibit, with an owl, Russell Byers kids and a table of beer, T. rex tacos and loaded nachos.

Giant chocolates commemorate first dinosaur skeleton ever mounted for display

Billy Penn

March 3

Shane Chocolates delectable offerings based on Academy specimens at Paleopalooza.

Why we need to do more to protect water quality in the Philadelphia region

The Philadelphia Inquirer/ Daily News/Philly.com

March 9

Op-ed by President Scott Cooper and Philadelphia Horticultural Society President Matt Radar calling for partnerships and other measures to protect our water in face of federal regulation rollbacks.

Cape Town water crisis reminds how Philly has been able to avoid its own drought disaster

Philly Voice

March 1

Rising sea levels not only could put portions of Philadelphia underwater, but they threaten to push the salt line farther upstream, says Carol Collier, senior advisor for watershed policy and management.

Mudsnails provide water quality indicators

Environment Guru

Feb. 28

Academy scientist Elizabeth Watson is lead author on a new study that is the first to show that eastern mudsnails can be used to determine water quality.

Plants found to evolve away from defenses that do not work for them anymore

International Business Times

Feb. 26

Tatyana Livshulz, associate botany curator, is lead author of a study about plant defenses; the findings can help scientists model the process of co-evolution.

Playtime for Grown-ups: Adult nights at your kids’ favorite spots 

Family Focus Media

Feb. 2

Door 19 and Dinos After Dark are among the great places where adults can have fun after hours.

Academy of Natural Sciences renovates its dioramas for the first time since the 1930s

The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News/Philly.com

Feb. 20

A feature on the Academy’s diorama renovation project. Interviews with Exhibits Director Jennifer Sontchi and Senior Fellow Robert Peck.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World

CBS 3

Feb. 20

Live segment with Exhibits Director Jennifer Sontchi in Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World.

Long before Trump, we were obsessed with presidential hair

National Geographic.com

Feb. 19

Senior Fellow Robert Peck is interviewed about the presidential hair collection on the occasion of a N.Y. library finding an envelope of Washington’s hair.

After more than 80 years, dioramas at the Academy of Natural Sciences get a cleaning

WHYY

Feb. 19

Coverage of the glass being removed from the two dioramas. Interviews with Senior Fellow Robert Peck and Exhibits Director Jennifer Sontchi.

The feverish competition behind the Academy of Natural Sciences’ legacy

The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News/Philly.com

Feb. 15

The Cope and Marsh Bone Wars is recounted in an article about the diorama renovations.  

Learn all about crocodilians at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Pottstown Mercury

Feb. 14

Get to know the live crocs in Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World.

Fresh look at old animals

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Feb. 12

The Academy’s dioramas are featured in a photo spread in light of the upcoming renovation of two displays.

The wiring for walking developed long before fish left the sea

Science News

Feb. 8

Vertebrate Biology Curator Ted Daeschler comments on a study about  how ancient fish evolved the brain circuitry that led to walking on land.

New exhibit in Philly has a bunch of live crocodiles

Philly Voice

Feb. 6

“You can get within inches of them,” the live crocs in Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World.

Get up close to “Crocs” at the Academy

Family Focus.org

Feb. 6

A review of the new Crocs exhibit calls it “compelling.”

Academy of Natural Sciences to begin $400,000 renovations of 2 animal scenes

Philadelphia Business Journal

Feb. 1

Two wildlife scenes at the Academy will get their first renovations nearly 90 years after they were unveiled.

Crocs: Academy of Natural Sciences show opens Saturday with live, toothy, misunderstood….

Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com

Jan. 31

Feature on the new Crocs exhibit.

Nighttime beer garden opening inside Academy of Natural Sciences

Philly Voice.com

Jan. 6

The Academy holds its first Dinos After Dark evening beer and dinosaurs event.

DRBC’s new rule would protect against frack-waste contamination, officials say

NPR PA State Impact

Jan. 2

Watershed Management Senior Advisor Carol Collier comments on the new Delaware River Basin Commission rule regarding fracking waste water.

Barnegat Bay marshes help keep water clean

WHYY

Dec. 27

VP for Science David Velinsky is interviewed about his Barnegat Bay marshland study.

Academy of Natural Sciences receives multi-million dollar donation

KYW Newsradio/CBS 3

Dec. 22

Relatives of a former Academy explorer will make a multi-million-dollar donation to the institution as part of his legacy.

Tibet explorer's Philly family to donate $3M to Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com

December 6, 2017

Academy announces generous donation from the Dolan Family for watershed research.

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A few minutes with … Scott Cooper of Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Philadelphia Business Journal

November 22, 2017

Q&A with new Academy President and CEO Scott Cooper.

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Academy of Natural Sciences names Scott Cooper new president

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com

November 15, 2017

The new leader of the Academy is a museum administrator with a background in construction, architectural conservation and helping the public connect with research and collections.

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New Exhibit Lets Kids Explore World of Baby Dinosaurs

CBS Philly

November 13, 2017

New exhibit “allows the little ones to get familiar with some dinosaurs their size.”

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Find a dead bird? The Academy of Natural Sciences would like to have it

The Philadelphia Inquirer, philly.com

November 10, 2017

Ornithology Collection Manager Nate Rice explains why backyard scientists bring the Academy dead birds and why they are useful to science.

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11 places to sleepover in NJ and Philly — from zoos to museums to ships

Cherry Hill Courier-Post

November 8, 2017

 

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Why are wildfires concentrated in the west?

Philly Voice

November 1, 2017

Q&A with Academy forest fire researcher Stephen Mason.

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Tragic baby opossums story has a happy ending (thank goodness)

PennLive.com Harrisburg-Patriot News

October 26, 2017

It begins with tragedy - the death of a pair of mothers. Video of the Academy's new baby opossums.

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Explore the new ‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’ exhibit at Academy

Main Line Media News

October 25, 2017

The Academy of Natural Sciences re-stakes its claim as Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum with 'Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.'

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Baby hedgehogs at the Academy

PennLive.com, Patriot-News Online

October 23, 2017

A video of the Academy's darling new baby hedgehogs getting ready for their public debut.

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"Little" dinosaurs? Philly exhibit is a big hit

Courier-Post

October 18, 2017

A review of Tiny Titans exhibit: "Seeing real dinosaur eggs from a time too long ago to imagine and handling some replicas are new ways to experience a familiar subject."

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The Myths Behind Winter Weather Forecasting

CBS 3

October 9, 2017

Entomologist Jason Weintraub busts the winter myth about the woolly bear caterpiller.

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Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies Now Open at the Academy

Geekadelphia

October 2, 2017

A review of the new Tiny Titans exhibit with a different take on dinosaurs.

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The Academy's new exhibit Tiny Titans

CBS Philly

September 27, 2017

Jennifer Sontchi, senior director of exhibits, gives an early peak at Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.

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Meet the woman behind Bugfest at The Academy of Natural Science

PHL 17

September 26, 2017

Insect specialist Karen Verderame introduces a range of live bugs that live at the museum.

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Parkway 100 Special

6abc

September 21, 2017

Senior Fellow Robert Peck talks about the Academy's history on the Parkway, and the museum's dinosaurs and dancing dinosaurs are highlighted. 

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Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Fish

WHYY "Radio Times"

September 20, 2017

Paleontologist Ted Daeschler talks about his fossil research in Antarctica. 

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Delaware River Watershed; It's Healthy, But Significant Threats Are Looming

NPR, NJ Spotlight

September 18, 2017

Carol Collier, senior advisor for watershed management and policy, weighs in on the looming threats to water quality in the Delaware. 

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ANTS! Not Gnats: Swarm Of Bugs Create Buzz In Philadelphia

CBS Philly

September 11, 2017

Academy Entomologist Isabelle Betancourt explains the swarming flying ants in the region.

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Trump’s EPA cuts threaten water quality in Delaware River Basin, report says

NPR State Impact Pennsylvania

August 29, 2017

Carol Collier, senior advisor for watershed and policy management, says proposed cuts to EPA funding could lead to decline in Delaware River water quality.

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A Philly scientist thinks an Australian parrot might eat flesh

The Philadelphia Inquirer

August 15, 2017

An Academy chemist, using the ornithology collection, is trying to figure out a puzzle about a species of rainbow lorikeet in Australia.

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Meet the baby skunks of the Academy of Natural Sciences

PennLive.com

August 9, 2017

Introducing the Academy's newest live animals to hit the stage: stinkin' cute baby skunks.

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Confront the elephant (beetle) in the room at BugFest

The Philadelphia Inquirer, philly.com

August 9, 2017

A behind-the-scenes look at preparations for Bug Fest.

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Bug Fest is back at Academy of Natural Sciences

CBS 3

August 9, 2017

Entomologist Karen Verderame regales CBS' Pat Gallen with some giant live insects.

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Bug Fest will feature Richard's worst fear: Spiders

Fox 29

August 8, 2017

Fox 29 Richard Curtis gets a lesson in loving spiders from Bug Fest entomologist Karen Verderame.

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