Public lecture on bird collections at National Museum of Natural History

Have you ever wondered how many specimens and different species of birds form part of the Bird Collections at the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina? Are you curious to know about these collections and what information they can give us?

On Friday 25th October, Heritage Malta is inviting the general public to the lecture ‘The Bird Collections at the National Museum of Natural History – A valuable source of data’. The lecture will cover over 150 years of collecting and curating the collections, and how a small collection of 1,700 specimens has managed to reach a 10,000 figure.

The lecture will also focus on some important specimens and a number of significant donations, the taxidermists who prepared the specimens, and the curators and ornithologists who studied Maltese birds. Participants will learn about the role of the collections in the museum as tangible records, as comparative and prime source material for scientists making use of genetic studies, as well as aids to police investigations. Finally, the future of these collections, including their digitisation and their accessibility on the internet, will be discussed.

The lecture will be held at 6.30 pm at the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina. Admission to this event is free of charge. Light nibbles will be served.

More information may be obtained from Heritage Malta’s website.