Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ivory-billed Woodpecker found in Aylmer

March 8, 7 pm   Canadian Museum of Nature

A group of us from the Ottawa Field-Naturalists Bird Studies Group had a special tour of the facilities at the Museum of Nature Laboratories on Chemin Pink in Alymer, hosted by director Michel Gosselin.

There are an amazing number of stuffed birds and bird skins in their cupboards. We saw the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck and Passenger Pigeon emerge from their drawers.
All Canadian birds were there in all there many plumages. It was almost too much at once to see these amazing specimen collections.

Michel presented some difficult ID quizzes on hawk and gulls, which were very entertaining.
He also showed eggs, nests and some foreign specialties.

He finished up by taking special requests.
Here I am with my latest "lifer" - a Prairie Falcon.

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