Contribute specimens

What to do when you find a dead bird that you would like to contribute to the Tetrapod Collection - with further questions and to arrange a drop-off time please contact Grant Terrell (collection assistant):

All specimens contributed to the collection must be in a plastic bag with a slip of paper having the following information:

1. Species Name. If you are not sure about the identification, our bird experts will help you identify the bird upon arrival.

2. Date Found. The exact day and time that you found the bird is very important to include, because it can lead to answers to how a specimen died, how old it was, whetehr it was migrating or breeding, etc.

3. Specific Location in the following format, e.g.: "Ohio, Franklin Co., Columbus, 1315 Kinnear Rd., Museum of Biological Diversity, by front door". Due to the digitization of the MBD collections, we can now map species deaths by year and location. The more specific a location you can provide, the more valuable the specimen will be to the scientists using it.

4. Your Full Name and Contact Information. (unless you do not want to give this information)


Some additional information that would be helpful for the scientific community using our specimens are:

1. Photos of the specimen in the location where you found it and of the surrounding area. As the landscape around us continues to be developed, habitats change and in the future may not have the same composition that it did when the bird was found. By providing photos of the area around the bird fatality we have an accurate look at and description of the surrounding area during the time of the bird's life.

2. Latitude and Longitude. Using Google Maps or other mapping programs you can find the latitude and longitude of the location. Make sure to zoom in and place your point exactly where your specimen was found to ensure that you provide the most detailed information.