The Nat Blog

Wildlife conservation work is often portrayed as scientists in tactical vests trekking into the wilderness in search of species to protect. Some conservation works that way, but many wildlife wins are borne from something much more ordinary: Biological consulting. Read more.

Healthy urban canyons and parks can improve the quality of life for people, plants, and wild animals. The Healthy Canyons Initiative aims to better understand the health of these vital San Diego spaces.  Read more.

The Future of Our Past

Posted: May 9, 2023

We're making major progress on an important initiative that will bring our region’s paleontological past to life—and into the limelight. Soon, every step of our paleontology work—from fossil preparation and specimen curation to collections storage and research—will be on display.  Read more.

A Turtle-y Cool Fossil Find

Posted: May 5, 2023

Did sea turtles go extinct in the Pacific Ocean when the Dinosaurs died out? Were they here all along, swimming below the radar? Turns out the answer was sitting in a small box, on the third shelf of a large cabinet, deep in The Nat’s paleontology collection.   Read more.

"Coastal resiliency" has become a global priority for government agencies and conservation groups alike. But what is coastal resiliency, and why is it important in our corner of the world?  Read more.

Vireos on the Verge

Posted: April 3, 2023

The grey vireo has declined steeply in southern California for 75 years, but new research indicates the vireos persist in high numbers just south of the border. Our twenty-year journey to conserve this overlooked songbird just got a lot more interesting.   Read more.

While it may look like drawers of dead plants and animals, our collection is very much alive with information critical to the future of our region, and indeed, human survival on the planet. When museums coordinate efforts, share information, and make their specimens more accessible, our global collection becomes ever more relevant to the future of humanity and biodiversity. Read more.

Los enfoques de investigación y conservación geográficamente limitados nos dan una perspectiva incompleta que nos lleva a una solución incompleta. Si bien existen desafíos para la colaboración transfronteriza, también sabemos que funciona. La Dra. Mariana Delgado Fernández y su colega en San Diego, La Dra. Michelle Thompson, explican por qué un enfoque holístico es crucial para el futuro de nuestra región. Read more.

Research and conservation approaches that are geographically limited give us an incomplete picture that will lead us to an incomplete solution. While there are challenges to cross-border collaboration, we also know that it works. The Nat's Dr. Michelle Thompson and her colleague in Mexico, Dr. Mariana Delgado Fernández, explain why a holistic approach is crucial to the future of our region.  Read more.

Kate Stephens was not only the Museum's first paid employee, but she also retired with more years of service to the museum than any of her peers. Her legacy lingers on in our collections, archives, and ethics today. Read more.