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Museum’s Photo Blog Featured on Tumblr Spotlight

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The Museum’s new blog on Tumblr, which showcases a wide range of photos taken by staff photographers, was recently added to Tumblr’s Spotlight, a directory of inspiring blogs, in the Science category.

Daily photos provide an insider’s look at work that goes on behind the scenes at the Museum (like cleaning T. rex’s teeth), interesting specimens from the Museum’s collection, and beautiful shots of the Museum’s iconic halls.



Graduate Students Describe New North American Leech

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his species of North American leech, Placobdella kwetlumye, was identified by two graduate students, Alejandro Oceguera-Figueroa of the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History and Sebastian Kvist of the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School.

Like all leeches and their relatives, P. kwetlumye is hermaphroditic, which means that individuals are both male and female. The parent leech carries the eggs until they hatch—and then some.

“Once they hatch, they attach to the parent with their suckers, and the parent will carry them to their first blood meal,” says Kvist.

The preferred “blood meal” for P. kwetlumye is typically from turtles, frogs, aquatic birds, and amphibians like salamanders. The leeches won’t say no to a nice drink of human blood, however. Oceguera-Figueroa collected the leeches in Washington State by wading bare-legged into the shallow water and picking off the leeches that attached, a common collection method.


Celebrate Summer Solstice at the Hayden Planetarium

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Come celebrate the longest day of the year! On Tuesday, June 21, join astronomers Steve Beyer, Joe Rao, and Ted Williams in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater to learn about the summer solstice. Observe the apparent path of the Sun as the Earth travels around it throughout the year and see the Sun’s position on the solstice today compared to its position thousands of years ago.

Then, enjoy an outdoor performance on the Arthur Ross Terrace by Sinchi Kuna as they present music and dance of the Andes celebrating Inti-Raymi, or Festival of the Sun.



NYC High School Students Graduate from Museum Research Program

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The sense of accomplishment–and promise of things to come–was palpable last week as more than 40 students from high schools across New York City graduated from the Museum’s Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP), which pairs Museum researchers with New York City teens for two years of intensive research on an original project.

“Being in this program helped me pick my major,” said Anastasia Bromberg, a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School who studied the diversity of snakes in Southeast Asia and will be attending the University of Miami in the fall. “I was thinking about psychology but now I know I want to be a researcher in marine biology. This program cemented that.”

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