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San Diego Natural History Museum Announces $7 Million Grant Award
April 15, 2011—The San Diego Natural History Museum has been awarded a $6.9 million grant from the State of California to complete the next phase in permanent exhibition development for the Museum. The exhibition, which has a working title of Habitat Journey, will be an 8,000-square-foot permanent installation exploring the habitats of Southern California’s major ecosystems and utilizing new technology to engage visitors, including social media.

“We are ecstatic! This grant will help the Museum complete this core exhibit prior to Balboa Park’s 2015 Centennial Celebration,” says Dr. Michael Hager, the Museum’s president and CEO. “Habitat Journey/Viaje por los habitats builds on our first permanent exhibition, Fossil Mysteries, and is an exploration of the unique habitats of our region from the ocean to the mountains to the Colorado River.” The exhibition will showcase the biologic/geologic connection that underlies the region’s tremendous biodiversity, showing visitors why San Diego is a “global biodiversity hotspot.”

Habitat Journey/Viaje por los habitats will explore the floral and faunal inhabitants of Southern California’s major habitats. “The animals and plants and environmental challenges of each ecosystem will be revealed in Habitat Journey/Viaje por los habitats, inspiring students, residents, and visitors to go outside and explore our wonderful parks,” Dr. Hager said. “With their renewed sense of place, we believe people, including those who will be our future leaders, will make decisions that will help to preserve our quality of life.” Read the full press release...

San Diego Natural History Museum is LEED Certified
December 2009—The San Diego Natural History Museum announced today that it has been awarded LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M) Certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is believed to be the oldest LEED-EB: O&M-certified museum in the nation (among reporting projects) and first in California to certify under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. The San Diego Natural History Museum is the only museum in San Diego County, and the first in Balboa Park to achieve LEED-EB: O&M certification.
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Research data now available on Google Earth!
November 2008The San Diego County Bird Atlas Google Earth presentation includes two layers, the Bird Atlas, showing where individual species have been observed, and the Bird List, showing the birds that have been observed in each square of the grid. Find the birds of your neighborhood using the Bird List.
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San Jacinto Centennial Resurvey
November 2008
—In 1908 the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley mounted an expedition to the San Jacinto Mountain region, pioneering the exploration of southern California’s biology. On the 100th anniversary of this expedition, from 2008 to 2010, the San Diego Natural History Museum is retracing its path to see how the area’s wildlife has changed over the last century.
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New Director of Research Division
Dr. Ezcurra and Dr. Hager receive the international Peacemaker Award from the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) November 2008—Museum Entomology Curator Michael Wall, Ph. D., was recently appointed new director of the Museums Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC). He replaces Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, who has accepted a research position at the University of California, Riverside.

After completing his Ph.D. in Entomology at University of Connecticut in 2004, Michael received a postdoctoral fellowship to join a global biodiversity inventory organized by the American Museum of Natural History and the Australian Museum. He joined SDNHM as Curator of Entomology in January 2006. Michael's research focuses on two main areas; 1) the taxonomy and systematics of Heteroptera (e.g., stink bugs, plant bugs, assassin bugs, etc.), and 2) the natural history and ecology of insect-plant interactions (e.g., pollination, seed dispersal). He also spearheaded the recent Balboa Park Bioblitz, a 24-hour inventory of the biodiversity in a selected area.
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Press Releases  (All in PDF*, English)

San Diego Natural History Museum Announces $7 Million Grant Award April 2011
El Museo de Historia Natural de San Diego anuncia la obtención de una subvención de $7 Millones (Spanish) April 2011
LIZARDS & SNAKES: ALIVE! Opening October 16, 2010 August 2010
San Diego Natural History Museum Announces Sustainable Planet: Children and Nature Lecture Series August 2010
New Members of Board Of Directors Announced by San Diego Natural History Museum August 2010
Society Of Animal Artists 50th Anniversary Annual Exhibition and 2010–2011 Art And The Animal Tour Begins August 2010
San Diego Natural History Museum and H&M Landing Team up to Present Nature Trips at Sea February 2010
ALL THAT GLITTERS: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals February 2010

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