‘The Color of Nature’ virtual presentation to shed light on the many colors of birds

Hey, bird fans! Check out and attend this “The Color of Nature” virtual presentation by associate professor and Richter Museum of Natural History Curator Dan Meinhardt on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the first 100 people who register. Meinhardt, with the Bay Area Bird Club, will compare the function of human eyes to that of a bird, as well as the differentiation of coloring and perception on different types of birds, including iridescence! For information, visit the Bay Area Bird Club Facebook page. Register here!

Popular ‘Museum of Natural Inspiration’ moves to Door County Gallery

Due to the popularity of the Lawton Gallery’s first exhibition of the year, “Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection,” a selection of the artwork will now be hosted at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor from Nov. 5, 2019 to Feb. 29, 2020. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and it includes refreshments.

The Lawton exhibition was originally organized to raise awareness of the Richter Museum of Natural History, which is located on the first floor of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.

Poster Artists Explore the Richter Collection
Poster for event

Associate Prof. Daniel Meinhardt (Human Biology and Women’s and Gender Studies), and curator of the Richter Museum, will be giving introductory remarks on the exhibit at 5:45 p.m at the opening reception. In addition, The Open Door Bird Sanctuary will have live raptors from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a program at 6 p.m.


Curator Meinhardt takes part in Festival of Nature in Door County this week

As part of the Festival of Nature in Door County this weekend, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Daniel Meinhardt (Human Biology, Women’s and Gender Studies) and curator of the Richter Museum of Natural History, is giving a brief presentation on the biology and physics of color production and sensation, then leading a nature walk at The Ridges Sanctuary. Meinhardt’s event is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. More here.

Student drawing and armadillo in the Richter Museum

Video: Drawing in the Natural History Museum

UW-Green Bay’s Richter Museum of Natural History collections are available for artistic as well as scientific research. The natural forms make excellent subjects for drawing students.


“If someone asks you what natural history museums have to do with art, you probably think of cave paintings and other prehistoric artifacts, right? It’s true. One of the things natural history museums do is house and interpret prehistoric art, but here at the Richter, even contemporary artists can make use of all the museum has to offer.

‘I’ve been using the Richter Museum collection to bring my intro drawing students in to draw because it’s a wonderful resource on campus and they love doing it,’ says Christine Style. ‘There is a great variety skulls and birds and all sorts of animals. The textures — when we’re study texture. It’s great for all the textures — the fur, the feathers, the beaks, the skull. The foreshortening and getting things in perspective. There’s all sorts of ways that you can think about using the the forms there for drawing. And they sit still!’

Having someone there to help guide you through the collection [is] nice. Any student can go there and use it. And I know there’s a lot more to draw there than what I bring my students to. You pull out a drawer and see hundreds and hundreds of eggs and nests and all sorts of things. It’s really nice to see that variety and so much of it. Next semester I’ll be doing intermediate drawing and I’ll be bringing those students down there to use it, probably even a little bit more. I think it’s a great resource and I’m glad it’s promoting itself and I’m happy to promote it.'”

This is the first of the Richter Museum’s new video series, Carl’s Collections, named after museum namesake Carl Richter. Richter, a former resident of Oconto, Wis., and one of the state’s most prominent ornithologists donated a collection of eggs that is one of the 10 largest oological (egg) collections in North America.

The Richter Museum is primary a research museum and is usually not open to the general public. The museum display hallway and the “Gathering Room” across from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity offices feature specimens from the museum and herbarium collections and are open anytime Mary Ann Cofrin Hall is open. The curators also conduct a number of tours for groups, such as college and K-12 classes, naturalists, teachers, Learning in Retirement, civic clubs etc. If you would like to arrange a tour of the museum for your class or group please contact Curator Dan Meinhardt at the address below for more information.

Daniel Meinhardt, Richter Museum Curator
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Dept. of Natural and Applied Sciences
Green Bay, WI 54311
(920)465-2398 / meinhada@uwgb.edu

Video by Curator Dan Meinhardt

Rupert and Mimi are proud parents once again

It’s a girl! And a boy! And another boy! Well, one female and two males. Resident Peregrine parents Rupert and Mimi, were once again successful in hatching three fuzzy falcons near the rooftop of UW-Green Bay’s makeshift cliff, the Cofrin Library. They were banded Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the plaza level of the Cofrin Library. See video and photos.

UW-Green Bay bird sanctuary? Meinhardt shares wildlife photos

IMG_0032We’ve become accustomed to the turkeys and the geese on campus. And in the past two years, the peregrine falcons have taken center stage. Now add sandhill cranes to the list. UW-Green Bay’s Daniel Meinhardt, Curator of the Richter Museum of Natural History for the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity shares some new photos of the cranes, including one of a pesky red-winged blackbird that doesn’t like sharing his space.