Re: birding-aus morphological specimens

To: Peter Woodall <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus morphological specimens
From: Alexandra Appleman <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 12:06:26 +1100
>While we're on this can I make a plug for people to take fresh specimens
in to 
>their local museum.  The days of collecting/shooting birds for museum
>are largely over but road/window/cat/ etc kills can make valuable
>contributions to
>the collections.
In Townsville I frequently come across dead birds - usually ants get there
first which makes collecting an exacting, as does the smell of anything
that dies in the tropics.  The main problem is I have nowhere to take them;
the Museum used to accept them but had no where to store them when the
museum building was extensively refurbished and the University, which
passed draws full of specimens onto the museum, seems reluctant to take on
any more.

Which leaves other Universities and museums.  How do I get refrigerated
specimens down to Brisbane?  If using airfreight is there a mechanism in
place for someone to meet the plane in or are couriers to be used? [I am
only talking about species that are not common SEQ naturally] and does the
Queensland Museum have a budget to help defray freight costs?     


Alex Appleman

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