The Yale Peabody Museum is pleased to announce the publication of Ed Migdalski’s Lure of the Wild: The Global Adventures of a Museum Naturalist. In this memoir Migdalski — whose nearly 30-year career as a museum preparator and expedition coordinator for Yale’s Peabody Museum and Bingham Oceanographic Laboratory sent him around the world on more than 20 scientific expeditions to collect birds, fish, and mammals for science — brings the reader along on his worldwide adventures, and also entertainingly provides insight into the fascinating field of behind-the-scenes science and exhibit planning at a natural history museum.
With the author we hunt for the great hornbill in northeastern India, visit Katmandu when Nepal was still the Forbidden Kingdom, travel the grasslands of Tierra del Fuego to collect waterfowl, and fish for specimens in Alaska and New Zealand. The fruits of at least two of these expeditions — a jaguar from the Petén territory of Guatemala and mule deer from the Grand Canyon’s Kaibab Plateau — can be seen today in habitat dioramas at the Peabody Museum. Along the way we meet native peoples and transplanted westerners, and learn more than a little about the skills and techniques required for successful field collecting.
Hardcover. 294 pp. 51 black and white photographs. approx. 6” x 9”
October 2006. Yale Peabody Museum.