Ernst Mayr Library

Transcribing the Field Notes of William Brewster

William Brewster (1851-1919) was a renowned American amateur ornithologist, first president of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and a president of the American Ornithologists' Union. He was an avid collector of birds and their nests and eggs, and collected over forty thousand specimens from 1861 until his death in 1919. His collection, bequeathed to the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, is considered one of the finest private collections of North American birds ever assembled. Though Brewster collected throughout North America, his collection is especially...

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Library Launches Exhibit On Bioluminescence

Deep-sea fishes that use glowing lures to capture prey ... fireflies like the ones in your backyard ... jellies from which Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), widely used in molecular & cellular biology, was first isolated ... glowworms that dangle glowing sticky threads to lure and capture prey ... even mushrooms and clams. So many luminescent organisms! Who would have thought!

Come check out the exhibit on Bioluminescence in the sunny lobby of the Northwest Building, 52 Oxford Street. Funded by Library Lab, the three display cases built by HMNH Exhibits staff...

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Spring Poem From the Library Pets

They say spring is coming, that it’s really here;
The days growing longer are bringing good cheer.
Are you tired of cold and of way too much snow?
Are you feeling eager for winter to go?

While snug in our houses, we don’t really care.
So come over to see us, that is, if you dare.
Bring us banana and we’ll be your friends;
Though we’ll dance on your graves when this old world ends.*

(* Not really; that would be our nasty cousins.)

Take your picture with a cockroach (or two)! No extra charge.

posted by Dorothy Barr

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Happy Holidays from the Library Pets

(To the tune of Jungle Bells, sort of )

Hissing roach! Hissing roach! We’re the very best;
Hissing roaches are so good, we’re not like all the rest.
Hissing as we go, we are very nice
Unlike all those other ones, we do not infest.

Oh! Cockroaches! Cockroaches!
We are very sweet.
We are very lovely pets
And we are very neat.

Best wishes from the Cockroaches (the Library Pets, NOT pests)

-posted by Dorothy Barr

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Fishy Party on Friday 2-4

To celebrate the re-opening of the HMNH Fish exhibit last week, the Library will have a little party on Friday June 8 from 2-4 pm. There will be snacks and drinks, but also an opportunity to view some of the fishy treasures from the Library's Special Collections. Some of these will be on display, but more will be available inside Special Collections (no food and drink in there, please!). If you attended the Save the Frogs party, you will remember how cool it was to see some of these priceless treasures that are not generally available for viewing. This will be more of the same, only fishy...

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