Baltimore Bird Club
To register, please contact Sarah Luttrell, firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 614-352-7718.
Meet 10 am in the Museum lobby, Constitution Avenue entrance. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, boasts the world’s third-largest ornithological collection, with over 600,000 specimens dating as far back as the early 1800s. The collection contains 85% of the world’s 10,000 bird species. This amazing resource is available for a wide variety of research uses, and now you can see some of it for yourself (but you can’t count the birds on your life list). Sarah Luttrell, a research assistant at the Smithsonian Feather Identification Lab, will present an approx. 1-hour tour of the collection to talk about what it contains, how it is used, and some of the amazing things museum specimens have taught us about bird natural history and evolution. Sarah will also share a bit about how the Feather Identification Lab uses the collection to help identify birds involved in collisions with aircraft, resulting in management decisions to make airport habitats less attractive to birds and safer for both birds and air travelers. You must register at least one week in advance, and the tour will be limited to 15 participants.