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#1 Ildiko Szabo

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:36 AM

If you are attending the NAOC this August in Vancouver, the following free workshop may be of interest.
It is being held at the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum on August 14th from 1-5 pm.
email: ildiko@zoology.ubc.ca to reserve a seat.
http://www.naoc-v2012.com/workshops

Using and contributing to avian collections

Convenor: Ildiko Szabo, Cowan Vertebrate Collection, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; ildiko@zoology.ubc.ca
This free workshop explains and promotes the use of avian collections, as well as demonstrating how to prepare specimens and DNA vouchers. The first part focuses on using avian collection and how the electronic age is changing how avian specimen information is being archived and retrieved.
Part1
What are avian collections good for
- Mark Robbins, Kansas University Biodiversity institute

It's a match! The importance of avian reference collections for Avian Forensic Studies

  • Chris Milensky, Smithsonian
  • Pepper Trail, US Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory
Whole Specimen Package I: New ideas about specimen preparation to maximize specimen utility in the 21st century
- Kim Bostwick, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Whole Specimen Package II: The role of natural history media in modern avian collections
- Edwin Scholes III, Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds

Cell phone access: avian prep manual and other resources are always with you
  • Ildiko Szabo, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC
  • John Weiczorek, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC-Berkeley
Coffee break

Part 2
A panel will prepare a variety of avian specimens demonstrating different techniques and how different taxa are prepared. Due to the informal nature of this session, discussion will be possible on a wide varied of topics including field vs. lab preparations, data and DNA collection.

Principle Preparators:
  • Chris Milensky, Smithsonian
  • Mark Robbins, Kansas University Biodiversity institute
Cameo demonstrations:
  • Kim Bostwick, Cornell Lab of Ornithology (bird pickles)
  • Jonas Lai, American Museum of Natural History (salting skins & washing)
  • Stella Ramey (wire decoy mounts)
  • Ildiko Szabo, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC (bird parts & spread wings)
Please note: All the frozen birds used in this workshop were salvaged. Since the panel will be using whole dead birds, some of the imagery may be considered graphic.





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