Interested in learning more about museum practices? Whether you are a student, museum professional, academic, or other researcher, these resources provide useful information to help guide you. If you have questions that are not answered here, contact collections@americanornithology.org.

Museum Training

Do you want to learn to work with bird specimens and their data? Are you interested in specific preparations?

Museum collections may offer opportunities to volunteer, intern, or otherwise get involved. Students at universities or colleges with collections may get credit or paid positions to assist with specimen curation. To see if there is a museum collection in your local area, browse the Global Registry of Scientific Collections.

Online resources provide documents and videos geared toward training in different aspects of museum-based science and education. These include specimen preparation, data management and use, georeferencing, and curatorial protocols. Here is a partial list of sites and guides, some of which include links to other helpful resources.

Working with Specimens:

Working with Data:

Museums in Undergraduate Education:

Meetings and Workshops

Meetings and workshops are a great way to become engaged and interact with museum professionals, learn about new techniques, stay updated on permit regulations, and get guidance on collection management policies and protocols. The AOS Collections Committee periodically sponsors workshops or symposia at the annual American Ornithological Society meeting. Other societies and organizations also sponsor meetings that are directed toward the museum community.

Visit the following sites for upcoming meetings, workshops, or other collection-related events.

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