FIELD TRIPS

FIELDTRIP I: SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM SUPPORT CENTER TOUR 

THIS FIELDTRIP IS FULL

This tour will show attendees our offsite facility which stores many of our largest specimens. This tour will be led by John Ososky, MSC Mammals Collections Specialist and Michael McGowen, Curator of Marine Mammals. Participants will meet in the hotel lobby and will be shuttled (approx.. 30 minutes) out to our facility in Suitland, Maryland. First, you will see ‘Pod 2’, which houses carnivores, ungulates, and other groups such as xenarthrans and pangolins.  Highlights will include elephants collected by Theodore Roosevelt, one of the last Caribbean monk seals, and our extensive collection of large ungulates.  We will then proceed to the ‘Whale Warehouse’ in the Garber Facility, which houses the largest cetacean collection in the world. Highlights of this portion of the tour include one the largest blue whale skulls in any collection, our diversity of large mysticetes, narwhal tusks, beaked whales, and more.

 

FIELDTRIP II: CULLMAN LIBRARY OF NATURAL HISTORY TOUR

THIS FIELDTRIP IS FULL

Come see the original books that early naturalists and explorers wrote about their travels and discoveries!  The Smithsonian Libraries’ Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History will have on display a wide selection of publications documenting the early centuries of mammalogical research and species identifications.  The presenter for this field trip is Leslie K. Overstreet, Curator of Natural-History Rare Books.   You’ll be able to browse through a Renaissance edition of Pliny’s Historia naturalis, many of the first 13 editions of Linnaeus’ seminal Systema naturae, Audubon’s stunning Viviparous quadrupeds, and other classic works by explorers, collectors, and naturalists from the 16th through the 19th centuries.  Special features of books from the hand-press period (1450 – approx.1850) – such as publication in parts, dating for nomenclatural priority, and the hand-coloring of illustrations, for example – will be highlighted as well.  For more information on the Cullman Library collections, go to http://library.si.edu/libraries/cullman/collections and click on the pdf at the bottom of the page.  The presenter for this field trip is Leslie K. Overstreet, Curator of Natural-History Rare Books

Please note: The Cullman Library is a high-security facility; you will be required to deposit coats and bags in the Cullman lockers, so the less impedimenta the better.  No food or drink is allowed in the library.  Photography is allowed, but no flash.  And very importantly, clean hands, please!

 

FIELDTRIP III: SMITHSONIAN MAMMAL COLLECTION TOUR

THIS FIELDTRIP IS FULL

The National Museum of Natural History’s mammal collection comprises nearly 600,000 specimens and is the largest collection of its kind in the world. The collections are split between two sites, with roughly half of the collection in the natural history museum on the national mall. This tour will be led by Mammals Collections Manager, Darrin Lunde, and will begin with a pre-arranged selection of specimens representing the full history and scope of the entire NMNH collection. Highlights will include specimens from the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-1842), the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition (1909-10), the collections of the U.S. Biological Survey, as well treasures from some more recent expeditions. The highlights overview will be followed by a walking tour of the bat, rodent, primate, and marsupial collections areas and will end with an open discussion on any collections-related topics of interest.