In response to the ongoing events associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, suspension of non-essential UMMZ operations has been extended. This includes access to the collections via scientific visits or outgoing loans. Please also do not ship any specimens (gifts, exchange, loan returns, etc.) to the museum at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Bird Division is a collection of resources for people who conduct research on or need information about birds. The research collections, with 215,000 bird specimens, is one of the largest in the world. The Bird Division also houses the expansive library of the Wilson Ornithological Society. The faculty, staff, and students conduct research on the evolutionary histories, behavior, ecology and conservation of a wide variety of birds using museum collections, molecular techniques, and field studies.