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Looking into Nature's Toolbox

  Posted by jbates , 05 June 2012 · 1,155 views

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Nature’s Toolbox is a new temporary exhibit at the museum organized by Art Works for...


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Vocalizations of Willard's Sooty Boubou

  Posted by jbates , 17 May 2012 · 996 views

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Tom Gonske, Josh Engel and I just reutrned from five weeks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. As part of our John D. Catherine T. MacArthure reached field sites along the Itombwe plateau and in Kahuzi-Beiga...


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Remembering Bird Division Volunteer Paul Baker

  Posted by jbates , 06 February 2012 · 978 views

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Several weekends ago, many friends of Paul Baker gathered on a Saturday in the museum to remember him. Paul lost a short battle with cancer in December, and it was a wonderful ceremony full of the wonderful memories Paul’s many friends and...


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Investigating little ornithological questions can lead to bigger things

  Posted by jbates , 06 February 2012 · 1,543 views

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Answering questions about birds is a gratifying part of my job as a curator.  Answering my own questions maybe even better. But there are big questions like how did bird species diversity evolve? And there are small questions like is a single...


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The value of specimens of all ages

  Posted by jbates , 09 November 2011 · 1,054 views

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When I talked to my colleagues about using this photo of dead baby birds in a blog, several felt it might bother people, so I have been debating about whether or not I should put it up. But as I saw several forensic crime shows on TV, I decided that,...


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A beautiful Fall Friday night at the museum

  Posted by jbates , 07 October 2011 · 581 views

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Friday evening at the museum there is a Happy Hour for any staff and others working in the museum. It take place in the Zoology Classroom, and it is a great way to end the week and get to know more about what is happening at the...


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UC Davis graduate student Jennifer Phillips gets scholarship award to work in Bird Collections

  Posted by jbates , 12 September 2011 · 661 views

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Jennifer Phillips, a doctoral student from the University of California, Davis has been working long hours in our bird collection for six weeks now. She was able to...


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A little ornithology on vacation

  Posted by jbates , 04 August 2011 · 742 views

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We go on vacation to Shannon’s hometown of Trail, British Columbia each August. Trail is a wonderful, small town along the Columbia River just north of the Canada/U.S. border. I wanted to write this because even here I can combine...


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Studying molt in birds

  Posted by jbates , 04 August 2011 · 729 views

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Peter Pyle visited the museum last week. Peter is considered one of the leading authorities on molt of North American birds. Molt is the process that birds go through to change and replace their feathers. It is essential to their survival and a major...


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Crawford and Devon, 76 years ago

  Posted by jbates , 21 July 2011 · 1,213 views

 

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With 500,000 specimens, the collections of birds have many more than that number of stories associated with them. Some illustrate new knowledge (e.g., new populations, new species), some represent aspects of the natural history of the species (plumages, migration...






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