Stories

Welcome to Stories, a place to explore—and be inspired by—the wonder of our natural and cultural worlds.

Where There's Smoke
A look at what we know and don't know about how growing wildfires impact our natural world, and how we can learn to cope
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What La Brea Tar Pits Fossils Reveal
Emily Lindsey, Associate Curator and Excavation Site Director at La Brea Tar Pits, talks about what fossils can tell us about extinction and survival.
What Ice Age Plants Reveal
Regan Dunn, Interim Assistant Deputy Director and Assistant Curator at La Brea Tar Pits, talks about what ice age plants can tell us about extinction and survival.
Playing With Fire: Extinction and Survival at La Brea Tar Pits
In California, 13,000 years ago, huge Ice Age mammals that had roamed the landscape for many millennia, suddenly ceased to exist. The cause? Humans, catastrophic fires, and an ecosystem made vulnerable by climate change.
Match Point
Fire is a hot-button issue. Regan Dunn, Interim Assistant Deputy Director and Assistant Curator at La Brea Tar Pits, looks at the pervasive planetary issue with a long-term lens.
An Ocean of Worms
Discover an underwater world of incredible marine worms in the ancient rocks off L.A.’s coast
Stepping Stones Across Oceans
NHM’s Ichthyology Curator visits two remote islands to understand how fish move around our planet.
Nature Gardens Turn 10
A look back—and forward–at all the nature thriving in NHM’s Nature Gardens.
City Nature Challenge All Stars
The tally from NHM’s annual collaborative urban nature global event is in, and the results will astound you! Meet some of the keen-eyed uber observers of L.A.’s wild scene, our stellar local community participants.