Category: natural history

  • New Exhibit: Plants Plantations Labor Trade

    Posted on Jan 27th

    We welcome you to our new exhibit,  Plants  Plantations  Labor  Trade: An Exhibit of Holdings of the UW-Madison Libraries and Wisconsin Historical Society […]

  • “Pollinators” Exhibit Extended through August 13; More about Bees

    Posted on Aug 12th

    The lovely exhibit Pollinators curated by Carly Sentieri has been extended through August 13 – we encourage you to come see the riches […]

  • The Summer Solstice and the Solar Microscope

    Posted on Jun 21st

    Today, which marks the summer solstice, would be a good day to experiment with what’s called a solar microscope – in fact, […]

  • “Entomology in Sport, and Entomology in Earnest”

    Posted on May 21st

    The calendar says May, which has made us think about maypoles and mayflies, though the weather here has been falling somewhat short […]

  • Mandrake in Dodoens’ New Herbal (1578)

    Posted on Oct 12th

    In honor of this weekend’s symposium “On Human Nature: Machiavelli’s Mandrake at 500,” we offer a look at the account and depiction of the […]

  • “A Boiling, Surging, Roaring Ocean of Fire!”

    Posted on May 20th

    In light of recent news re ports and striking video of an eruption from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, we revisit here […]

  • Charles Lucian Bonaparte’s Wild Turkey

    Posted on Nov 22nd

    Thanksgiving this year is an apt time for us to show off a plate from volume 1 of American ornithology; or, the […]

  • Gallery Talk for Iceland Exhibit, Oct. 30, 3 p.m.

    Posted on Oct 25th

    We hope you will join us on Monday, October 30, at 3 PM in Special Collections for an informal gallery talk about our exhibit “Iceland.” […]

  • Falling Leaves

    Posted on Oct 8th

    Though we enjoyed summer-like weather this October weekend, the leaves are beginning to pile up around Madison, calling attention to differential patterns […]

  • Sea Monk

    Posted on May 15th

    An image of the “sea monk” or “monkish fish” in an announcement for this week’s Great Lakes Great Libraries conference in Madison caught […]

  • Artist’s and Curator’s Talks on Natural History Exhibits

    Posted on Apr 30th

    Please join us as Martha Glowacki reprises her lecture about the Chazen Museum exhibition “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections” and […]

  • Go, Badgers!

    Posted on Mar 24th

    John James Audubon (best known for his double-elephant folio Birds of America) drew a sharp distinction between the North American badger and […]