The world renowned UofM bird skins collection moved this year to a remodeled facility south of town on Varsity Dr. The Tuesday Group visited the facility and received a tour from Janet Hinshaw, the Bird Division Collection Manager.
This facility now contains all the vertebrate and non-vertebrate animal collections and library. While the move is not yet complete, most of the collection specimens are in place and accessible to researchers.
Janet showed the group samples of accipiters and thrushes to see size and plumage differences between these easily confused species.
We also got a chance to see some species that most of us will likely not see in our lifetimes including secretary bird, Steller's Seas Eagle, and a few drawers of penguins. We finished with a look through the 'extinct taxa' section. There are some excellent mounts of passenger pigeon and Labrador duck.