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Ornithology

Frankenbirds: A True Story of Science and Immortality, or, How to Make Dead Animals Look Alive
October 13, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

by Sabrina Dahlgren I’d like to first clarify that this is not a “how-to” manual for your creep-tastic Halloween needs. I’m all for phantasmagorical home decor but the average citizen should not be handling animal specimens. Numerous species are protected or their handling is regulated by state and federal authorities. If you don’t have the […]

A Rare Gull, an Innocent Query, and a Colossal Fraud
January 20, 2010 · 6 Comments

While the vast majority of my posts have dealt with adventures from the trenches (of fieldwork), I’ve recently been involved in a simple research project that ended up being quite interesting from the perspective of museum history. Interns Tim McSweeny (L) and Raoel Sheik (R) preparing study specimens In prior blogs I’ve posted how we obtain some […]

“Bird-Airplane” Collisions and Forensic Ornithology
June 22, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

The New York Times recently published an article, Trafficking in Contraband that Sings, on birds from Guyana that were being smuggled into the US for singing competitions. Strangely enough, these competitions are judged by humans and not by female birds. The part of the article that intrigued me the most, however, also aired on NPR, about the Forensic Ornithologist […]

100 Years – 100 Objects: Salvaged Bird Casualties
April 7, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 – meaning that the curators of the Houston Museum of Natural Science have been collecting and preserving natural and cultural treasures for a hundred years now. For this yearlong series, our current curators have chosen one hundred exceptional objects from the Museum’s immense storehouse of […]



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