The Ornithology Collection totals 2,100 specimens of birds. The primary geographic area of representation is the western Edwards Plateau of Texas. A minor collection from Guyana, South America, is also present.
The collection was began in 1968 and remained relatively small for 20 years. Within the last decade, collection organization has formalized and the rate of specimen addition has accelerated. A significant portion (about 35 percent) of the collection is of teaching material (much from zoology gardens). Since the collection’s inception, the curator had been Dr. Terry Maxwell, who retired in May 2014. The collection’s new curator, Dr. Benjamin Skipper is looking forward to further expansion.
The main function of the birds collection is teaching, although research-quality data with specimens is available and has contributed to published ornithology.
Data for specimens in the Ornithology Collection is entered in a searchable database. Selected information from the database is searchable through our web interface. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of catalogue information, researchers should verify information before use or publication. For additional information not provided through the searchable web interface, or if you have questions, please contact the curator.
Use and Loan of Specimens
Specimens are available for examination in the collection area. Request for visitation should precede a trip to the university as staffing and hours are irregular. Specimens can be sent on loan, usually not to exceed 60 days without justification.