Attached is a very brief powerpoint presentation that shows some problems with the Natural History Museum’s bird specimen cabinets and how those problems have led to a protracted and damaging pest infestation.
The bird collections are frequently used in programs, independent research, and artistic work. They represent a wonderful archive of natural history education and training based at The Evergreen State College. Maintaining this treasure is essential to ongoing teaching of vertebrate biology, evolution, ecology, and natural history.
Follow this link learn more about the history of The Collections from one of its founders.
Video and interview by Shuana Bittle.
Hope everyone had a relaxing break and enjoyed some good food.
We’ve had good discussions this quarter and Thursday from Noon-1pm is our last lunch group of the quarter. We’ll be discussing the song of dueting wrens based on recent research
. Below you’ll find a link with an article and a few resources about these wrens including their songs.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Natural History Collection
Lab I Rm 1060
and some food for thought…
Richard Feynman on what’s in a name:
Please join us at 11:30 in Lab 1 Room 1060 for a web based seminar hosted by the USFWS entitled “Why does Natural History Matter.” Feel free to drop in anytime during the presentation. Also if there are any time conflicts with the 11:30 start time please contact me at teal dot waterstrat at gmail dot com. Look forward to see you there!
The Evergreen Natural History Collections.
Why Natural History Matters
Thursday, November 17th, 11:30 – 13:00
Christopher Filardi, Ph.D.
Director of Pacific Programs
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation American Museum of Natural History
Description: Over the past century, conservation practice has shifted
from being driven by aesthetics to being rooted in science, yet we often
struggle integrate our best science into real world decision-making. This
talk will focus on how basic natural history the act of recording
observations of the living world can sometimes play an important role in
legitimizing the analytical power of science among decision-makers. As a
community, investment by conservation scientists in basic natural history
skills and practice may serve a critical role in improving our impact on
what really matters most giving our science a voice.
Just a reminder for natural history lunch discussion tomorrow. We’ll be continuing our conversation with systematics and taxonomy and focusing in on a current, local issue. Recently Winter Wrens (Troglodytes troglodytes)
were split into three species, including the Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus).
I’ve incluced the primary literature study which facilitated this decision. Please invite anyone else who may be interested in engaging natural history discussion, the more the merrier! Here is a link to the reading: wren systematics
Look forward to seeing you!
The Collections be closed from 3 – 5 pm today due to a scheduled collections board meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience! Please stop by for our Thursday lunch hour and on Friday! Thanks
The Evergreen Natural History Collections
The Natural History Collections would like to share a couple video feeds to spark your interest in Natural History Museums.
The first is an Evergreen production Synoptic Box by Michael Lopez and Jennie Russ that documents the preparation of specimens in the Collections. Curator Wes Bowen will be hosting a bird preparation workshop Friday, November 11th. If you are interested sign up on the register outside our door (Lab 1, rm 1060).
Additionally, we have posted a clip featuring an interview of Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, describing the importance of museums to humankind to Stephen Colbert. (sorry about the commercial)
We hope you enjoy these and up coming postings. Drop by and see us Wednesday and Friday afternoons to share the fun and facts of natural history.