Holly Menninger

About Holly Menninger

As Director of Public Science, Holly coordinates our empire of citizen science projects and manages the online science communication here at Your Wild Life. An entomologist by training, she’s a science communicator by passion and practice.

Quiz Time!

Everyone loves a good quiz – even the Buzzfeed variety, you know the kind that you see on Facebook ALL. THE. TIME. The kind of [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:08+00:00 March 25th, 2014|

What If God Were a Maggot?

**Today, we’re reposting a story Rob wrote in late 2012, in praise of the decomposers that clean up our world, recycling waste back into life. [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:09+00:00 February 27th, 2014|

How Many Ants Live in New York City?

Dr. Eleanor has written a book on the most common ants in New York City (based on the work of many citizen scientists in and [...]

By | 2015-01-13T13:05:13+00:00 February 18th, 2014|

It’s HERE!

Today we are pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants of New York City! In this new FREE eBook, Dr. [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:10+00:00 February 17th, 2014|

For the Birds

**Today’s installment of Nature in Your Backyard is brought to you by Joseph Kirollos, a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:10+00:00 February 10th, 2014|

Coming Soon…

**NOTE 2/17/2014: Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants of New York City is now LIVE -- Download your copy of the interactive eBook or pdf [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:10+00:00 February 6th, 2014|

Camel Cricket Census Update

Today we’re sharing update #3 for our scientific research paper-in-progress about camel crickets. Over the last year, 150+ households have reported observations and uploaded photos [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:11+00:00 January 28th, 2014|

Spricket Sketch

Our citizen scientists are really the best around, hands down. You are such a thoughtful and creative bunch. We so appreciate the love notes, holiday [...]

By | 2015-01-13T13:26:05+00:00 December 24th, 2013|

Celebrate World Soil Day

In celebration of World Soil Day (December 5, 2013), we give you a round-up of Your Wild Life posts that in some way extol the [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:16+00:00 December 5th, 2013|

It’s official! Meet the high noon ant!

Yesterday, we received word from the Entomological Society of America that the ant, Forelius pruinosus, now officially has a common name: the high noon ant! [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:16+00:00 December 4th, 2013|

Geeking Out Over Arthropods

This past week, over 3500 scientists who study insects and other arthropods gathered in Austin, Texas, for the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. Scientific [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:17+00:00 November 14th, 2013|