Blackburnian Warbler adopted!

Recently a Blackburnian Warbler was adopted as part of our Adopt-a-bird program.

Millions of birds across North America are killed every year by collisions with windows and other man-made structures. Migrating birds are particularly vulnerable on their long-distance journeys. Birds in your backyard may spend the winter in South America!  It is important to document the incidence of window kills, so that actions can be taken to prevent them.

Museum collections of bird skins are accessible to scientists all over the world and each specimen holds a wealth of information: sex, age, nutritional status etc. Modern technologies allow us to gain information about feeding habits and genetic relations. Thus specimens contribute significantly to our knowledge of biodiversity.

If you adopt a bird for a year, you will receive

  • Your name displayed with the bird skin in the Museum for one year
  • Photo and detailed life history description (including sounds) of the sponsored bird
  • Photo documentation of the process of preparing your bird for the museum

Follow the preparation process of the Blackburnian Warbler:

Blackburnian Warbler in freezer bag

Blackburnian Warbler in freezer bag

 

Measuring wing length

Measuring wing length

Shaping the body with cotton

Shaping the body with cotton

The final specimen

The final specimen will be added to the collection

This program is in collaboration with the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, a non-profit group that works with businesses and citizens to prevent collisions of birds with buildings.

For a complete list of currently available species e-mail the collection manager.

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