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Amphibians and Reptiles Project Guidance

Amphibians and Reptiles Project Guidance Source: Natural Resources Conservation Service Reptiles and amphibians are important parts of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Although reptiles and amphibians are two distinct classes of vertebrates, they have historically been treated as one group for the purposes of research under the field of herpetology, as well as for habitat […]

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Caring for Your Ceramics and Glass Objects

Caring for Your Ceramics and Glass Objects Source: American Institute for Conservation (AIC) (Caring for Your Treasures Series) Many special objects are made of ceramics or glass. These materials include porcelain, earthenware, “crystal,” pottery, and art glass to name just a few. Jewelry, dolls, sculpture, tableware, tiles, kitchenware, and many other items can be made […]

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Conserve-O-Gram 8/3 Preservation of Low-Fired Ceramic Objects

Conserve-O-Gram 8/3 Preservation of Low-Fired Ceramic Objects Source: National Park Service (NPS) To better protect low-fired ceramic objects, museum staff should understand the materials and techniques used to create them. Some of the damage that can occur to low-fired ceramics is a result of their construction. Prevent major accidents by following established guidelines for proper […]

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Conservation by Design: A framework for mission success

Conservation by Design: A framework for mission success Source: The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy uses a collaborative, science-based conservation approach and a common set of analytical methods to identify the biodiversity that needs to be conserved, to decide where and how to conserve it and to measure our effectiveness. Together this conservation approach and […]

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Conserve-O-Gram 11/2 Storage Concerns for Geological Collections

Conserve-O-Gram 11/2 Storage Concerns for Geological Collections Source: National Park Service (NPS) Geological collections can be damaged by various environmental factors. However, even if collection storage areas are not ideal, good storage systems can help to prevent damage from light, relative humidity, biological attack, and pollutants.

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Conserve-O-Gram 11/6 Labeling Natural History Specimens

Conserve-O-Gram 11/6 Labeling Natural History Specimens Source: National Park Service (NPS) Most natural history specimens that your institution acquires will already have been accessioned, cataloged, and labeled. However, you will probably discover unlabeled specimens in your collection. Scientists and curators label specimens in various ways. It depends on the type of specimen and how it’s […]

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