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2011 NMNH Board Favorites

Last updated almost 5 years ago

Board members of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History recommended these taxa as their favorites in advance of their November 2011 meeting.

  • 28159_88_88 Animalia > Trochilidae

    Amazilia beryllina

    Berylline Hummingbird

    Recommended by Jonathan Fink

    "The Berylline is one of the rarest of the 14 hummingbird species found in Arizona, where I used to live. Our daughter’s middle name is Berylline, after the bird."

  • 75975_88_88 Plantae > Liliaceae

    Erythronium albidum

    White Trout Lily

    Recommended by Paul Risser

    "Because it blooms early in the spring before the tree leaves unfold."

  • 42896_88_88 Animalia > Hominidae

    Homo sapiens


    Recommended by Peter Buck and Lisbet Rausing

    "My biggest concern about humans is how we will ensure we maintain and improve the 'rambunctious garden' of the 'post-wild' world, to borrow the terms of Emma Marris (while also ensuring the well-being and health of all members of our own species)."
    -- Lisbet Rausing

  • 68118_88_88 Animalia > Elateroidea


    Lightning Bug

    Recommended by William Luers

    "The lightening bug was the first creature that stimulated my curiosity about the wonders of the world when I was small child growing up in Springfield, Illinois. Lightening bugs would spread over our back yard in the late spring. I developed a child’s affection for this funny little creature and a desire to learn the how and the why of the glow. I am saddened by the thought that the lightening bug is rapidly disappearing and that my grandchildren may never have the opportunity to be awakened to the world by the lightning bug."

  • 93377_88_88 Animalia > Elephantidae



    Recommended by John Fahey

    "Love their size and magisterial movement, and the 'family' nature of their social system and interactions."

  • 91749_88_88 Animalia > Cephalopoda



    Recommended by Kathryn Fuller

    "What came to mind is the octopus, not a particular species of octopus. I was thinking about the experiments on their learning capacity, about the videos of their getting out of tanks in labs at night to stalk prey, about their color changes, keen senses, and ability to get into the tiniest spaces. I've always been excited to find an octopus while diving and am fascinated by how complex and sophisticated an invertebrate can be!"

  • 54446_88_88 Plantae > Orchidaceae


    Moth Orchids

    Recommended by Paula Kerger

  • 30798_88_88 Plantae > Pinaceae

    Pinus wallichiana A. B. Jacks.

    Blue Pine

    Recommended by Whitney MacMillan

  • 40319_88_88 Animalia > Lycaenidae

    Xamia xami

    Xami Hairstreak

    Recommended by Jorge Soberón

    "It is important because I worked with this species for 10 years, and got to know her very well."