The exhilarating potential of a new accession

When a new batch of specimens arrive from the field, the museum is abuzz with activity. Students, staff, and curators flock around, picking over the specimens, organizing, identifying, classifying, straightening tags, and making research plans. The potential seems limitless. This is how thousands of hours of work become a permanent resource that will contribute to human knowledge for centuries or millennia to come. Watch the unpacking of this recent accession at the Museum of Southwestern Biology Division of Birds in this time-lapsed video (starring Matt Baumann, Andy Johnson, C. Jonathan Schmitt, Andrea Chavez, Matt Segura, and Chauncey Gadek).

Chris W.

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