Birds Of A Feather…

Birds Of A Feather...

As part of the Field Intern Program, the museum offers optional tours of different departments and collections throughout the summer. Not only are these tours a once in a lifetime opportunity, but they bring together interns from all over the museum to bond and network. Options include everything from the insect collection and rare books to the over-sized anthropology collection and reptile rooms! Did you know that the Field has its own room for keeping human remains? Today, I learned all about the half a million specimens of birds that are housed on site. The zoology department here has the fourth largest bird collection in the world! The interns and I even got to see a group of carrion beetles eat the flesh off a skeleton that was going to be preserved. Not what I was expecting at all, but for the bird curators, it’s just a normal day at the office! Just another example of the partnership between research and public institution that goes on every day at the Field.


About catebay

Informal educator working in the world of art. Interests in public programming and community advocacy. Loves learning about people, collecting blue mason jars, and consuming Swedish fish.
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