The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is reconnecting to the city around it and in the process discovering a vital role for itself in the life of the city and its future. This article’s authors both work for the museum. Lila Higgins describes a Los Angeles teeming with nature, often hidden in plain sight. Emily Hartop describes the museum’s ongoing citizen science project BioSCAN, which is collecting insect specimens around the city on an unprecedented scale to understand not just the full array of insect species living in the city but using geographic variations and changes over time to paint a more complete picture of the city’s ecologies.

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