The specimens — whole body skeletons, stuffed birds (known as study skins) and "pickles" (birds in jars of alcohol) — are crucial to scientific research that happens not only in Chicago but also around the world.
indeed awesome! Currently, a special exhibit at the MfN has a bunch of stuffed birds out with no glass cover. Great for photography, but bad news regarding dust…. cough, cough.
There are stuffed Big Birds, plastic Big Birds, Big Bird picture frames, clothing items, blankets, pocketbooks, wrapping paper, jewelry and everything in between.