For nearly a century or more, most of the egg sets in the
Zoology Department have been stored in open topped, single-walled,
cardboard boxes. They were like fragile little sardines, clacking
against one another; not the safest way to store eggs. The only
difference is that unlike sardines, eggshells are among the most
fragile objects in the entire Museum.
An example of these former storage conditions is shown here with
ZO.2061. It is an egg clutch from a redhead duck (Aythya
americana). These specimens were collected in May 1914 from
the Bear River Marshes in Box Elder County, Utah.
An enthusiastic team, the "Egg Craters," has been working on
rehousing egg sets and nests. Check this site for future
installments on their progress.
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