Christina Gebhard is a Museum Specialist in the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History. She helps manage the third largest Ornithological research collections in the world. She began her collections management and specimen preparation career while still in college at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington. Her expedition experience has taken her to Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. She holds a BA in Zoology and a BFA in Metal Design from the University of Washington.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has more than 109,000 individual bird egg specimens. It is a hidden gem that rivals the fanciest Easter basket imaginable. The eggs vary in size, shape, color, and pattern and reflect the diversity of life on this planet. So, how did the collection start? And why do we have so many bird eggs?