Hi, there!

My name is Alexandra Goodman. I’m a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma and a volunteer at the Ornithology Collection at the Sam Noble Museum.

Writing is on10583845_740416999349207_4541069706909930192_n-2e of my greatest passions. That’s why I’m currently working towards majoring in professional writing here at OU. I love working with words to craft a message that says precisely what I want it to say. My minors are German and art history.

I also love museums. I have been to museums all across the country, from Norman’s very own Sam Noble Museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, from the British Museum in London to the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian in DC. In these and in so many other museums, I have had awesome and exhilarating experiences learning about things I never would have before and witnessing other people’s joy and curiosity.

I don’t know much about birds, but that’s part of what makes volunteering in the bird collection at the Sam Noble so interesting. I get to learn more about birds, more about museums, and at a museum that I’ve been coming to since I was a kid.

Ultimately I would love to pursue a career that combines my love of writing and my love of museums in a way that tangibly helps other people learn about and enjoy the world. Every day brings me closer to that, and I can’t wait.


I came up with the idea of starting a blog, because we have several wonderful volunteers who love to write.  The Sam Noble Museum is well known for beautiful exhibits and popular education programs, but little is known by the public about our great research collections, where many passionate student and adult volunteers take a part in managing and improving the collections.  Most of the posts here will be written by those volunteers and will share their experience with the Ornithology Collection and birds in general.


Oklahoma has a large community of bird enthusiasts, and we sometimes receive information on bird carcasses that can be used for our research or teaching collection. The carcasses we receive are prepared as study skins, skeletons, and/or spread wings, and their tissues are sampled for future genetic studies. These specimens will be used by researchers in Oklahoma and across the country for hundreds of years if they are maintained in good storage conditions free of pests and molds.  In this blog, we will feature some of the specimens that are contributed by the people from various parts of Oklahoma, who love birds and value our research in the museum.