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Help bat researchers by collecting droppings!


A Finnish research group from Finnish Museum of Natural History is looking for volunteers to collect bat droppings (feces). The purpose of the project is to study how climate change affects the diet of bats. Sign up by the end of May!

Visitor numbers up at the Finnish Museum of Natural History in 2018


Last year, the public venues of the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus – the Natural History Museum and two botanic gardens – welcomed a total of 266,000 nature lovers of different ages. 

How can we slow down the decline of insects? The Entomology Team at the Finnish Museum of Natural History answers


News about the decline of insects has caused widespread concern. Experts explain what we can do to alleviate the situation.

Online service for the threat assessment of Finnish species now open


The threat assessment of Finnish species has been carried out for the fifth time. The Red List for Finnish species includes an assessment of the status of nearly 22,500 species.

Spring mi­gra­tion is now earlier in European and North Amer­ican birds


According to a new study, migratory birds in Europe and Canada have substantially advanced the timing of their spring migration due to climate change.

Europe’s old­est Golden Eagle is Finnish


The 34-year-old female Golden Eagle spotted in Finland in late January is likely the oldest of the species in Europe. Annually, approximately 100 young golden eagles are ringed in Finland.

Moun­tain birds de­clin­ing in Europe


Population data for European mountain birds have been for the first time combined in a recent study, with worrying results: the abundances of mountain-specialist birds has declined by as much as 10% in the 2000s.

Cuckoo wasps are be­com­ing en­dangered faster than their host spe­cies


A recent doctoral dissertation indicates that populations of cuckoo wasps have markedly declined in Finland since the 1960s. A species previously unknown to science, named Chrysis borealis, was also discovered in the study.

Responses of waterbirds to climate change is linked to their preferred wintering habitats in Europe


A new scientific article shows that 25 European waterbird species can change their wintering areas depending on winter weather. Warm winters allow them to shift their wintering areas northeastwards, whereas cold spells push birds southwestwards.

Fiercest solar storm in his­tory dated through trees grow­ing in Lap­land


Should a storm of similar magnitude occur now, it would have dramatic consequences, including damage to modern navigation and communication satellites and fatalities among the astronauts in space.