With over 6,500 individual specimens, the scope of which extend over four continents, the bird collection at the Joseph Moore Museum has been a resource in avian research for decades. Many of the specimens have been used in genetic sampling and population surveys by both Earlham College students and researchers across the country. The collection maintains over 400 genera and 700 species from 43 countries; among them are several Passenger Pigeons, (Ectopistes migratorius), a Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja), an Ostrich (Struthio camelus) and Whooping Cranes (Grus americana).
Lerner, H. R. L., Johnson, J. A., Lindsay, A. R., Kiff, L. and Mindell, D. P. (2009) Mitochondrial genetic diversity and differentiation among Harpy eagles (Harpia harpyja). [open access version]