Do not use excessive force on cabinet latches in either opening or closing them. This applies to other museums as well which often have window-style rotating catches. These should be turned in just enough to catch – not all the way in. When replacing hinge-less doors, be very careful that the bottom lip is correctly fitted upon closure.
Do no slide drawers rapidly in or out and avoid slamming the drawer into the back of the cabinet. Sudden stops (or drops) damage skulls, especially the smaller skulls.
Handling specimens: use clean hands, and proper sized calipers. Do not pick up by label, tail, feet, ears, or hair. In general, minimize handling as much as possible. Wash your hands when you leave the museum.
Be sure to wash your hands after handling specimens as some of the older ones could have been prepared with arsenic under the skin or may have been fumigated with various chemicals at some time in the past. All are toxic if ingested or adsorbed through the skin.
Typical Procedures for Receiving Specimens We are actively receiving specimens from several sources.
Specimen is received from various sources. It is labeled with complete information, bagged, freezer wrapped, and placed in the storage freezer.
All avian specimens are noted on the collection inventory sheet taped to the front of the freezer. NOTE that this is required by the state and federal agencies to satisfy the requirements for holding a salvage permit.
Specimens are periodically inventoried.
Specimens are thawed and prepared as time permits.