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Biology Museum

The Biology Museum at the University of Northern Colorado has collections for birds, mammals, herps, fish and invertabrates. For more information about the museum, please contact one of the museum curators: 

Dr. Lauryn Bendict

Dr. Lauryn Benedict

Email: lauryn.benedict@unco.edu
Phone: 970-351-3364 

More about Dr. Benedict

Dr. Stephen Mackessy

Dr. Stephen Mackessy 

Email: stephen.mackessy@unco.edu
Phone: 970-351-2429

More about Dr. Mackessy

Ornithology Collection

Our collection includes approximately 1700 specimens. Most are species native to Colorado, but the collection also houses some specimens from around the world, including over 550 hummingbird skins collected prior to 1907.

Orinthology Resources

Mammalogy Collection

The museum houses about 1500 mammal specimens, most collected in the Western United States.

Mammal Resources

Herpetology Collection

Our collection includes approximately 1700 specimens, the majority of which are reptiles. Snakes of the Rocky Mountain West are especially well-represented.

Herpetology Resources

Osteichthyes & Chondrichthys Collections

We have a teaching collection of Colorado fishes.

Intervertebrate Collections

Our mollusk shell collection includes over 800 lots with global diversity. Other invertebrates are represented in our teaching collection.