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.