What exactly is “snarge”?

Snarge is the term used for the feathers and residue left after a bird collides with a plane. Scientists in the Smithsonian’s Feather ID Lab examine snarge to identify the species of birds involved in the hundreds of bird strike cases they solve each year, aiding with aviation safety. Migrate to other bird projects at… Continue reading What exactly is “snarge”?


November 23, 1959

The Hall of the World of Mammals opens at the National Museum of Natural History, illustrating “biological principles.” Henry W. Setzer is the curator in charge of the hall, Rolland Hower supervises the exhibits staff of the Natural History Laboratory and Thomas Baker is the designer. The taxidermy work was supervised by Watson M. Perrygo,… Continue reading November 23, 1959


Gary Hevel

Gary Hevel, a museum specialist at the National Museum of Natural History, examines a specimen tray of tropical long-horned beetles. These iridescent beetles, native to South America, represent only a small fraction of the more than 35 million specimens of insects in the Smithsonian’s entomology collection. Photo by John Gibbons


“Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations”

“Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations”—Natural History Museum through May 1, 2011 Discover the history of Cyprus, its struggles and achievements—through a rich collection of antiquities, many of which will be on view for the first time outside the country. This exhibition is presented in coordination with the Embassy of Cyprus, Director of Antiquities.

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