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VMNH staff visit the Smithsonian’s collections

Monday December 7, 2015

Dr. Moncrief uses archeology collections to study squirrels that lived here before Europeans arrived in North America.


Tuesday November 17, 2015

Drs. Moore and Moncrief led an activity during STEM Day at Patrick Henry Community College.

Bird Life At The Lake

Monday November 9, 2015

Dr. Moncrief shares photos of a Great Blue Heron.

What’s in a nose? Looking up the noses of animals

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Recently, while cataloging river otter (Lontra canadensis) skulls, Liberty Hightower became fascinated with the insides of their nasal cavities.

Moncrief Attends the 95th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Mammalogists

Thursday June 25, 2015

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 presents invited lecture on Virginia's mammals

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Dr. Nancy Moncrief participated in a symposium sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science.

Skeleton Comparison

Tuesday May 12, 2015

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 study Virginia mammals

Monday April 27, 2015

Students from Franklin County High School participated in a hands-on activity to learn about Virginia mammals.

Muskrat Love

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Local wildlife makes an appearance on the banks of Lake Lanier.

Smithsonian scientist gives global context to local camera-trap project

Friday March 6, 2015

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.

Need those zzzzs

Wednesday March 4, 2015

Dr. Moncrief provides some insights into why your dogs and cats sleep so much.

Recent visitors to the VMNH Mammal Collection

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Dr. Moncrief recently welcomed local high school students and VMNH staff to the mammal collection for specimen-based programs and activities.

Life and Death on a Farm

Tuesday February 10, 2015

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.

How about a (four-month-long) nap?

Tuesday February 3, 2015

Here are some amazing facts about the most famous hibernator of them all.

How to avoid freezing in winter if you’re a frog

Monday January 12, 2015

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.

Why reindeer are Christmas symbols

Monday December 8, 2014

There may be some science behind Santa’s choice of reindeer to pull his sleigh.

Virginia Military Institute Class Field Trip

Monday November 17, 2014

Mammalogy class from Virginia Military Institute visits the Museum.


Thursday November 13, 2014

VMNH Staff present activity on climate change at the PHCC STEM Day.

We Let Bugs Do Our Dirty Work

Wednesday November 12, 2014

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.***

Learning to Evaluate Forest Habitat, Wherever It May Be

Monday November 10, 2014

Students from the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science &Technology
analyze the (imaginary) forests inside the New College Institute building in Martinsville.

Acorns: Abundance, Absence, and the Race for Survival

Monday November 3, 2014

Why are there so many acorns one year, and so few the next?

Flying Bug Zappers

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Bats, which are often featured in Halloween lore and scary decorations, should be appreciated rather than feared.

Let's go to the zoo...

Friday October 3, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief embarks on a trip to the North Carolina Zoo with students from the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science &Technology.

Moncrief Attends the Annual Meeting of the The American Society of Mammalogists

Monday June 16, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently attended the annual conference of the American Society of Mammalogists and presented a summary of her research.

Moncrief Attends the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Monday February 10, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently attended the annual conference of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society.