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Dr. Moncrief uses archeology collections to study squirrels that lived here before Europeans arrived in North America.
Drs. Moore and Moncrief led an activity during STEM Day at Patrick Henry Community College.
Dr. Moncrief shares photos of a Great Blue Heron.
Recently, while cataloging river otter (Lontra canadensis) skulls, Liberty Hightower became fascinated with the insides of their nasal cavities.
Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently attended the 2015 annual conference of the American Society of Mammalogists and presented a summary of her research.
Dr. Nancy Moncrief participated in a symposium sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science.
Recently, while prepping some skeletons for the Archaeology’s reference collection, I came across a nearly intact skeleton of a hummingbird. As I examined this hummingbird skeleton, I wanted to compare it to another bird skeleton.
Students from Franklin County High School participated in a hands-on activity to learn about Virginia mammals.
Local wildlife makes an appearance on the banks of Lake Lanier.
Local high-school students were recently treated to a remote presentation by world-class researcher Dr. William J. McShea of the Conservation Ecology Center in the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute of the National Zoological Park.
Dr. Moncrief provides some insights into why your dogs and cats sleep so much.
Dr. Moncrief recently welcomed local high school students and VMNH staff to the mammal collection for specimen-based programs and activities.
In late January, Ray Vodden and I went to a farm to retrieve a dead cow. That’s right… a dead cow. Not just any dead cow, but one that had died a month prior.
Here are some amazing facts about the most famous hibernator of them all.
Hibernation is a kind of sleep that allows animals to live for months without eating or drinking. We often associate hibernation with mammals such as groundhogs and bears, but other animals are hibernators, too.
There may be some science behind Santa’s choice of reindeer to pull his sleigh.
Mammalogy class from Virginia Military Institute visits the Museum.
VMNH Staff present activity on climate change at the PHCC STEM Day.
Biology Research Technician Liberty Hightower discusses preparation of specimens that will end up in the collections as skeletons. ***Warning - some images may be viewed as graphic.***
Students from the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science &Technology
analyze the (imaginary) forests inside the New College Institute building in Martinsville.
Why are there so many acorns one year, and so few the next?
Bats, which are often featured in Halloween lore and scary decorations, should be appreciated rather than feared.
Dr. Nancy Moncrief embarks on a trip to the North Carolina Zoo with students from the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science &Technology.
Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently attended the annual conference of the American Society of Mammalogists and presented a summary of her research.
Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently attended the annual conference of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society.