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Senior Director of Communications Rebecca Handelsman | 619.255.0262
Science Communications Manager Cypress Hansen | 619.255.0220



Beginning Memorial Day weekend, visitors can get a glimpse into the beautiful biodiversity of the Baja California Peninsula—right in Balboa Park—when The Nat debuts its newest, permanent exhibition.        

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San Diego County has long been on the map as a hotspot for biodiversity. This new discovery of an extinct, sabre-tooth predator not only teaches us about the world's earliest carnivores, but confirms that our region has had rich and diverse ecosystems for millennia. 

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Visitors behind the scenes at the San Diego Natural History Museum are often stunned at the variety of objects and information that have been collected over the decades. The organization's newest curator, Research Library Director Ariel (Arie) Hammond, plans to get those resources out into the world in unique ways that don’t require a trip to the Museum. 

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After a year-long hiatus, the Canyoneers are back for another season of in-person, guided hikes that bring people closer to nature in our region. The Canyoneers’ popular online recommendations, which were launched last year, will continue to be offered for those who prefer to hike on their own.

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Studies show that being in nature provides physical and mental health benefits. And with people wanting to get outside during the pandemic, the Canyoneers from the San Diego Natural History Museum take the guesswork out of finding a local trail.

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In a historic first, a binational group of scientists from several agencies and organizations from the United States and Mexico recently reintroduced the federally threatened California red-legged frog to two locations within their range in Southern California, where they have been absent for about 20 years.

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A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China, and described by American and Chinese authors in The Anatomical Record. The one-of-a-kind specimen preserves feathers and bones that provide new information about how dinosaurs grew and how they differed from birds.

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The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is hosting the third annual State of Biodiversity Symposium on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations about our region’s ecological condition in the wake of climate change. 

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San Diegans may not want these animals in their houses, but they should want them in their yards. That’s the takeaway people will get once they meet creepy, crawly, and slithery animals featured in The Nat’s upcoming exhibition, Living Lab, and see the gorgeous photography in Insects Face to Face. 

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SAN DIEGO, CA—With participatory science gaining traction globally, the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is spearheading a local effort to encourage San Diegans to opt outside and partake in the 2019 City Nature Challenge for the second year in a row.

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