This search allows you to explore Field Museum's Bird Division main collection of skin, skeleton, and spirit specimens. With more than 500,000 data-rich specimens, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.Learn more about Bird Specimen Collection
The Bird Division, with two curators and three staff along with students, associates, and volunteers, continues a tradition of research and collections that dates back to the founding of the museum. Shannon Hackett and John Bates, the current curators, study the evolution of birds and their parasites at all levels of the avian taxonomic hierarchy, from how orders and families are related to genetic structure at the population level. Ben Marks is Collections Manager of Birds. Ben, who once was a volunteer in the Bird Division, did his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. Previously, he had been the Collections Manager of Birds and Mammals at the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection at Texas A&M University.
Retired Collections Manager, Dave Willard, continues active work in the collections and oversee salvage programs in the Chicago region which he has led for more than 30 years. Assistant Collections Manager, Thomas Gnoske, has done extensive taxidermy for the museum and for educational outreach programs. Collections Assistant Mary Hennen has monitored Chicago-region Peregrine Falcons for 20 years. Senior Field Biologist, Steven Goodman continues his research into the biodiversity of Madagascar. Staff Scientist Jason Weckstein is leading an NSF Biotic Surveys and Inventories grant (DEB-112054): Amazonian birds and their symbionts: Biodiversity surveys of parasites from the most diverse avifauna on earth.
The Division continues to conduct active field research particularly in Africa and South America. The countries where we have worked in the last 10 years include: The Philippines, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Nicargaua, Mexico, Kenya, Madagascar, Ghana, Central African Republic, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can see more about our African programs at our newly revised African Birds website.
- New Birds Web Site--Check it Out
- Illinois Peregrine Falcon Program
- Early Bird: Assembling the Avian Tree of Life
- The Emerging Pathogens Project
- African Birds
- From Finches to Ostriches: The Anatomy of a Museum Collection
- New Species of Philippine Parrot
- Canada Geese and US Airways Flight 1549
- Collections Videos: John Bates and Birds of Paradise
Focus: Birds Collections
This search allows you to explore Field Museum's Bird Division egg and nest collections. With more than 500,000 data-rich specimens, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.Learn more about Bird Egg Collection
This search allows you to explore Field Museum's Bird Division collection of genetic resources. We encourage you to contact us if you need additional information or want to request a loan of specimens.Learn more about Bird Tissue Collection