May 2012

The Finch Family Chronicles...

... have ended. Mr. and Mrs. Finch successfully raised three healthy strapping, noisy little Finches, and have departed from their little house on a ledge outside one of the Library's windows. The Finches were assiduous and devoted parents and we hope they will return later to raise another family. After all, there are lots more windows available .... Meantime, we miss the noisy little guys.

EOL reaches "one million species pages"

Encyclopedia of Life reaches historic "one million species pages" milestone

Free online biodiversity encyclopedia meets key metric with addition of content from Smithsonian Institution

Washington, DC - May 9, 2012 - The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL; has surged past one million pages of content with the addition of hundreds of thousands of new images and specimen data from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Launched in 2007 with the support of...

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Library Pets

Countway has Cooper the Therapy Dog … the Ernst Mayr Library has a flourishing group of Gromphadorhina portentosa. More familiarly known as the Madagascar hissing cockroach, these animals, which can grow up to 4 inches long, are quite unlike their pesky cousins, the ones that invade our homes and, though harmless, usually disgust us. After all, most people don’t enjoy going into their kitchens at night and opening a cabinet only to have multiple roaches skitter into corners, across counters, and even up one’s arm. Note the newly molted roach in the pictures....

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