One of the missions of a natural science museum is to preserve specimens for observation and research. In this event, you’ll meet some of the “Dead Bird People” from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Several teenagers who have worked with the Bird Unit staff will demonstrate how they clean and save various parts of a bird for both research and education. Finished specimens may comprise the entire body, or just the wings, bones, or other components.
About our speaker
John Gerwin, Research Curator of Ornithology at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, has worked there for 29 years. He oversees the Museum’s bird collection, which houses over 25,000 specimens of birds and related parts. He also conducts 40-50 educational programs per year around the state. He has made 1,500 skydives but still can’t really fly.