'Game Birds of the World' collection available online

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‘Game Birds of the World’ collection available online

The American Black Duck is one of the exhibits in the Game Birds of the World
The American Black Duck is one of the exhibits in the Game Birds of the World

The Game Birds of the World collection from the Nebraska State Museum is now available online. The collection is currently housed in Hardin Hall and now can be viewed on the School of Natural Resources website.

The collection was originally created by a former student, Everett “Buzz” C. Madson. In his Introductory zoology class, taught by Paul Johnsgard, the lectures, especially those on parasite life histories, greatly impressed Madson and influenced his decision to go into medicine as a career. He made the gift of the collection to the museum in the name of Johnsgard.

The collection contains more than 160 mounted individual game birds of 103 species from around the world. The research branch of the University of Nebraska State Museum is more than 140 years old and retains and protects millions of specimens for research and educational purposes, just as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and Field Museum in Chicago, but on a smaller scale. The bulk of Buzz’s collection was under Plexiglas in professionally made habitat displays habitat boxes. The collection is too large to be housed for public viewing.

Patricia W. Freeman, professor emeritus, and John Carrol, director of the School of Natural Resources, worked with Madson to bring the collection to Hardin Hall, where large exhibits are display in public spaces, while smaller exhibits are located in offices. Since all of the exhibits are not easily accessible to the public, the collection has been placed online including descriptions by Johnsgard. The collection can be searched by regional location, taxonomy and more.

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