Chicago's Field Museum to host specimen ID Day

Chicago's Field Museum to host specimen ID Day

Living just steps from the historic Green Bay Trail--that was traversed in the 1600s by French explorers Joliet and Marquette, then later used as a route by the Potawatomi Indians to hunt and set up camps--our family has found a number of artifacts.

We have often wondered, are they rocks...or tools the Native Americans used for garnering food? We have some pieces that look like the head of a hatchet, others that we are pretty sure are arrowheads.

They sit in a large carton.The mystery of their past unsolved.

Now our family and anyone else who has questions about found specimens or even unidentified animal or bird photos can learn more about them at The Field Museum's 4th annual ID Day, taking place from 10 am. to 2 pm. on Saturday, September 23rd in Field Museum’s main hall (near SUE the T. rex).

Scientists will be on hand at this free event (also a free admission day for Illinois residents at the Museum) to help identify specimens and answer your questions. Last year, over a dozen Field Museum scientists specializing in zoology, paleontology, geology, and more were available.

This year, the Museum promises to have even more scientists on hand to help you solve your nature mysteries.

Feel free to bring in clean, dry bones, fossils, rocks, meteorites, seashells, artifacts, and photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects—just nothing that’s alive or was recently, or the animals (or their fleas) could get loose in the Museum.

Even if you don’t have anything to bring in, the Museum invites you to stop by to see and touch specimens on display from their vast specimen collections and talk with Museum scientists.

About the Museum

The Field Museum is an active research institution that relies heavily upon its 30-million-specimen-strong  collections. As a result, it’s “home” to dozens of scientists studying everything from moss to Mosasaurus, and ID Day is the one day every year when visitors can bring in specimens to show these scientists and ask questions about them. The Museum is located on the Museum Campus at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

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