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The collection is focused on species of the Great Lakes region, but also contains representatives of animals from throughout North America, Central America, South America, and Eurasia. Besides a variety of local fossils and archeological material, the collection houses more than:

  • 11,000 sets of bird eggs
  • 2200 bird specimens (mostly study skins and some skeletons)
  • 1300 mammal specimens (mostly study skins and some skeletons)
  • 800 reptiles and amphibians (fluid preserved)
  • 12,000 non-vertebrates (including significant representation of area mollusks, insects, and spiders)

Here you can learn about some of our most noteworty specimens.