Behind the Scenes in
the Ornithology Collection, Zoology Department, at the Denver Museum of
Nature and Science
September 26, 2010
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Come visit the Denver
Museum of Nature and Science for a special behind the scenes look at the
Zoology Department Ornithology Collections. On this trip you may see
several of over 50,000 specimens, including raptors, and also many other
orders and families of birds. The collection houses study skins, mounts,
and skeletons dating back to the 1870’s, with about 70% from Colorado
and the surrounding mountain/plains region, but with coverage from 6 out
of 7 continents as well. Collections include type material, such as
Gunnison Sage Grouse and subspecies of Bobwhite Quail, as well as
extinct species such as Passenger Pigeons, Carolina Parakeet, Huia,
Elephant Bird, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and more. The collection also
contains first state records and erratic finds, such as the only known
Magnificent Frigate Bird from Colorado.
Participants would be guided through the collections for 1.5 hours, and
then spend more time (up to an hour) for facilitated free time to
examine skins or skeletons in more detail, for up to 2.5 hours behind
the scenes. Photography and measurement are welcome. After the behind
the scenes portion, participants may visit the exhibit galleries for an
additional 1 to 2 hours to view the Denver Museum’s stunning dioramas,
half of which contain birds from Colorado and throughout the world.
Trip Limited to 15 participants due to space needs.
The trip will include
transportation to and from Fort Collins. There is both a restaurant and
snack bar at the Museum.
Collections Manager, Zoology Department
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205-5798