Articles by Erik Moore

Here comes Peter Cottontail…

But he’s not exactly hoppin’ down the bunny trail… – Cottontail rabbit in group at Colorado Museum, Denver, mounted by Jenness Richardson, undated. These Cottontail rabbits are mounted specimens, prepared for a habitat group exhibit at the Colorado Museum of…


Eggs anyone?

In theme with an upcoming holiday, here is an array of eggs: – Red-eyed Vireo nest and eggs, July 1902, Itasca State Park – Junco nest and eggs, June 1902, Itasca State Park – Ruffed Grouse nest and eggs, May…


Tuesday Tweet: Let’s talk turkey

Back in November I shared the only then known image of turkeys from the ~6,900 glass plate and film negatives in the Bell Museum of Natural History records. A good portion of the negatives were produced by Thomas Sadler Roberts…


Friday Flora: A rock far away…

We’ve all heard of “sittin’ on the dock of the bay.” We give you… “Sittin’ on a rock far away.” – Rocks at Granite Falls, Minnesota, undated. (From the Ned L. Huff lantern slide collection in the Department of Botany…


Pioneer Life

Earlier this week we introduced you to Ernest M. Brown, a taxidermist in Warren, MN who served as a field guide to Thomas Sadler Roberts when Roberts visited Warren and nearby Thief Lake and Mud Lake in the summer of…


Wild Animal Wednesday: Ask the Expert

Yesterday’s Tuesday Tweet featured an image of an albino Grackle. That is not the only image within the Bell Museum records that documents color abnormalities in animals. In the 1940s, museum taxidermist Walter Breckenridge prepared a mounted display of three…



Tuesday Tweet: Albino Grackle

With over 6,900 black and white negatives in the Bell Museum of Natural History records, we know of at least one that is true in coloration: – Albino Grackle, circa 1940 To learn more about color abnormalities in birds, read…


Mounted Monday: What the Taxidermist Took

Hunting and fishing were important to the daily lives of Minnesota’s early residents as a source of food and income. For the most part, pioneers could hunt and fish all they wanted as very little regulation existed that addressed “taking”…


Friday Flora: Petunias at Como Park

It is not likely you will see this scene replicated if you visited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory today after we just received 8 to 10 inches of snow in the Twin Cities. You could still go inside the Conservatory…