Nature Night: The Importance of Museum Collections and Their Specimens
Join Cecily Bronson, Biology Teaching Lab Manager at Portland State University, for May’s Nature Night!
The exhibits you see on display in Natural History Museums are just a small percentage of what they actually contain. There are rooms, even warehouses, filled with rows of metal cabinets and storage shelves that are packed full with meticulously organized animal skins and skeletons. It may appear as if these specimens are just gathering dust, but that is a misconception that is addressed in the book The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson.