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August 8, 2012

By Jason Cryan

Research & Collections

Being a Museum researcher is fascinating on many levels.  Our primary job duties are to conduct original research projects in our various scientific disciplines, to maintain and expand the Museum’s Research Collections, and to participate in in the Museum’s mission of public education and outreach.  It’s this last category of activity that often brings unexpected fun to our daily lives, and the topic of this particular blog post.

Most people are inquisitive about nature, and when they encounter things that are even just a little ‘out-of-the-ordinary’, that curiosity can be a driving force.  It’s a relatively common thing for people to bring things they find in nature to the Museum to be identified.  Happens all of the time.  Museum staff are often asked to identify bugs (of all kinds), birds, rocks, minerals, and specimens of almost every imaginable category.  This is something we consider to be a public service activity. …

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