Murder by Birder [60 Second Specimens]

Every specimen has a story: this one was donated to the Field Museum by a murderer. [Stay tuned for another 60 sec. specimen story TOMORROW!]

Before he was charged and convicted with the murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks, Nathan Leopold was an active birder in the Chicago community. After his conviction and sentencing he donated his collection of birds and published checklists to the Field Museum, where they remain today.

Kirtland’s Warblers (Setophaga kirtlandii) are relatively rare birds, and back in the 1920’s little was known about their migration behavior or life histories. This specimen remains important today — not just for its historical significance in connection with a convicted murderer — but for the scientific value it provides as a voucher specimen for research.

Spring Migration Notes… by a Murderer: http://bit.ly/2KNAgr1
Leopold and Loeb’s Criminal Minds: http://bit.ly/2L0dhIp
Spring Migration Notes of the Chicago Area, including a written letter from Leopold to the Field inquiring about one of his specimens: http://bit.ly/2uk1Wsh

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Created by:
Emily Graslie — Brandon Brungard — Sheheryar Ahsan
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This episode is filmed at and supported by The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
http://www.fieldmuseum.org
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