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The Making of a Diorama

The Habitat Views video considers ways of looking at dioramas today, and documents the creation of several new displays. Take a look over on our  YouTube channel >

Recreating Nature Indoors

Ever wonder who made the dioramas in our mammal halls? Read all about the artists who created these wonderful scenes. Learn more >

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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Volunteer Spotlight

Stephen Simon (above left) is a docent at the NHM and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. There are many ways to volunteer at our three museums!
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American marten

Martes americana (Turton, 1806)

American marten diorama in the North American Mammal Hall


 Mount Rainier area of Washington State


 Sarah and Jonah Cave

American martens are usually solitary and nocturnal. They are occasionally seen in male/female pairs, or with dependent young.

American martens spend much time, and move with great ease, in trees. They mark scent trails from tree to tree with their strong scent glands . They usually hunt on the ground at dusk and dawn, when prey species are most active. They are also accomplished swimmers and can even swim under water.

Biological Information

Range map for the american marten


Coniferous forests of northern North America (Alaska to Newfoundland) south to California and Oregon (western USA) and to Ohio (eastern USA)


Forest areas


No special concern


Squirrels, chipmunks and other small rodents; birds, insects; fruit

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for American marten.