Sophie Warny, Ph.D.
MNS Education Director
The Mission of theThe Mission of the
LSU Museum of Natural ScienceLSU Museum of Natural Science
 Acquisition,Acquisition,...
Divisions of the LSU MNSDivisions of the LSU MNS
 7 main fields of RESEARCH7 main fields of RESEARCH
 Ornithology (Birds...
Forming the next generation of
curators
OrnithologyOrnithology
Dr. Fred Sheldon (Director and Curator)
Dr. Van Remsen (Orn...
Genetic ResourcesGenetic Resources
Dr. Fred Sheldon (Director and Curator)
Dr. Robb Brumfield (Genetic Resources Curator)
...
Research helps
with conservation
and restoration...
IchthyologyIchthyology
Dr. Mike Fitzimons
Research on host-
parasite systems:
(pocket gophers and
their chewing lice).
MammalogyMammalogy
Dr. Mark Hafner
HerpetologyHerpetology
Dr. Chris Austin
Discovering
New
Species
Vertebrate PaleontologyVertebrate Paleontology
Dr. Judith Schiebout
Understanding
Our
Past
Learning about previous societies.
AnthropologyAnthropology
Dr. Becky Saunders
Satellite imagery shows location
of mounds ...
Public Outreach and K-12 EducationPublic Outreach and K-12 Education
Dr. Sophie Warny
 Field trips
- Dioramas of interest...
LA’s
past
LA’s
present World
Various
topics
1
1
4
4
3
22
3
Bottomland Forest
Hall of Birds
Heronry in LA
Coastal Island
1
Bottomland Forest - = a forest with large
mature trees
- Last BL forest in LA
was in Madison Parish
(1943)
- Linked to e...
- A series of
questions on:
- Habitat
- Loss of habitat
- Extinction
How to recognize the
Ivory-billed woodpecker
if you see it!
2
Coastal Island - Louisiana’s barrier islands
- Birds help stabilize the
islands by depositing
nutrients that help establ...
Use this topic to
introduce climate
change!
3 Heronry in LA Human effects on bird
population: Avery Island
and the Snowy Egrets
- Hat makers killed them by
thousands ...
Use this topic to introduce
invasive species!
The “Hall of Birds”
was designed to
have one of every
species recorded in
LA as of about 1970
(thus the Snowy
Owl and a fe...
- Arranged taxonomically
(relationship between birds)
- Use it to look at differences
in the beaks and feet.
- Mainly:
 G...
Use these pages to introduce
main bird characteristics. Feel
free to reproduce these pages.
Practical DetailsPractical Details
General Info
& Tours
Monday-Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
FREE!
Scheduling
Materials
Rules
P...
MNS Activity BookletMNS Activity Booklet
Activities for
Self-guided tours
The MNS book is available:
- in French thanks to...
- Feathers
with Adrienne
- Feeding and
beak adaptations
with Rebecca
Learning about:
LSU MNS Birds
LSU MNS Birds
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LSU MNS Birds

  1. 1. Sophie Warny, Ph.D. MNS Education Director
  2. 2. The Mission of theThe Mission of the LSU Museum of Natural ScienceLSU Museum of Natural Science  Acquisition,Acquisition,  Preservation, andPreservation, and  StudyStudy of research collections to generate knowledge ofof research collections to generate knowledge of::  Regional and global biodiversity,Regional and global biodiversity,  Geological history, andGeological history, and  Human history and prehistoryHuman history and prehistory for the benefit of the people of the state, the nation, andfor the benefit of the people of the state, the nation, and the world.the world.
  3. 3. Divisions of the LSU MNSDivisions of the LSU MNS  7 main fields of RESEARCH7 main fields of RESEARCH  Ornithology (Birds)Ornithology (Birds)  GeneticsGenetics  Ichthyology (Fishes)Ichthyology (Fishes)  MammalogyMammalogy  Herpetology (Reptiles and Amphibians)Herpetology (Reptiles and Amphibians)  Vertebrate PaleontologyVertebrate Paleontology  Anthropology (Archaeology and Ethnography)Anthropology (Archaeology and Ethnography)  EDUCATIONEDUCATION
  4. 4. Forming the next generation of curators OrnithologyOrnithology Dr. Fred Sheldon (Director and Curator) Dr. Van Remsen (Ornithology Curator)
  5. 5. Genetic ResourcesGenetic Resources Dr. Fred Sheldon (Director and Curator) Dr. Robb Brumfield (Genetic Resources Curator) Building collections and preserving them...
  6. 6. Research helps with conservation and restoration... IchthyologyIchthyology Dr. Mike Fitzimons
  7. 7. Research on host- parasite systems: (pocket gophers and their chewing lice). MammalogyMammalogy Dr. Mark Hafner
  8. 8. HerpetologyHerpetology Dr. Chris Austin Discovering New Species
  9. 9. Vertebrate PaleontologyVertebrate Paleontology Dr. Judith Schiebout Understanding Our Past
  10. 10. Learning about previous societies. AnthropologyAnthropology Dr. Becky Saunders Satellite imagery shows location of mounds and embankments King George Island Mounds, Livingston Parish, 4500 years ago
  11. 11. Public Outreach and K-12 EducationPublic Outreach and K-12 Education Dr. Sophie Warny  Field trips - Dioramas of interest for bird-related topics - Practical details for visits  Children’s activity book: to do at MNS or school - English - French
  12. 12. LA’s past LA’s present World Various topics 1 1 4 4 3 22 3 Bottomland Forest Hall of Birds Heronry in LA Coastal Island
  13. 13. 1 Bottomland Forest - = a forest with large mature trees - Last BL forest in LA was in Madison Parish (1943) - Linked to extinction of Ivory-billed woodpecker (specimen on display is from 1899) - The white-tailed deer was able to adapt and survive
  14. 14. - A series of questions on: - Habitat - Loss of habitat - Extinction
  15. 15. How to recognize the Ivory-billed woodpecker if you see it!
  16. 16. 2 Coastal Island - Louisiana’s barrier islands - Birds help stabilize the islands by depositing nutrients that help establish vegetation - Eggs are camouflaged and deposited on the ground - Human visits during nesting can be disastrous. - Gulls: pick food from surface, skimmers: fly above water to skim &catch fish, terns: fly, dive & retrieve.
  17. 17. Use this topic to introduce climate change!
  18. 18. 3 Heronry in LA Human effects on bird population: Avery Island and the Snowy Egrets - Hat makers killed them by thousands as the feathers were used to decorate hats. - by 1900’s, very few left. - Conservationist Edward Mcllhenny set aside swamp land as a refuge: From 7 to over 100,000 birds. - Herons and egrets do not have webbed feet, they eat fish/frogs in shallow water.
  19. 19. Use this topic to introduce invasive species!
  20. 20. The “Hall of Birds” was designed to have one of every species recorded in LA as of about 1970 (thus the Snowy Owl and a few other rarities) and to help with identifications. 4 Hall of Birds
  21. 21. - Arranged taxonomically (relationship between birds) - Use it to look at differences in the beaks and feet. - Mainly:  Gulls and terns  Dove and pigeons  Owls  Woodpeckers  Passerines  Herons and egrets  Pelicans  Shorebirds  Prairie birds  Raptors
  22. 22. Use these pages to introduce main bird characteristics. Feel free to reproduce these pages.
  23. 23. Practical DetailsPractical Details General Info & Tours Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm FREE! Scheduling Materials Rules Parking …
  24. 24. MNS Activity BookletMNS Activity Booklet Activities for Self-guided tours The MNS book is available: - in French thanks to: … Anne-Sophie & Stanislas Dubois - in Spanish thanks to: … Ana Morales
  25. 25. - Feathers with Adrienne - Feeding and beak adaptations with Rebecca Learning about:

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