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Resources for Identifying and Researching Your Artifacts, Objects and Specimens

Helpful resources from the Curators at the Ohio History Connection to identify, research and preserve a variety of Ohio items. Use the tabs at the left to see resources related to specific items.

I found an orphaned or injured wild animal. What do I do? 


The Ohio Wildlife Center has an excellent guide addressing many common scenarios (scroll down to see the list)

ODNR’s Injured or Orphaned Wildlife Guide 

Wildlife Identification Resources


ODNR’s excellent identification and backyard wildlife guides are a great place to start 

What Bird is That? The Cornell Lab has a mobile app called Merlin that now also identifies songs

I want to keep track of my observations and contribute to science


Please protect threatened and endangered species by obscuring their location when recording observations to public databases. 


Record observations of everything, from plants and fungi to mammals and birds, and receive crowdsourced identifications while contributing to science

The largest bird observation database in the world

For reptiles and amphibians

Attracting Wildlife to your Garden


Mt. Cuba Center (Hockessin, Delaware) has an excellent LibGuide

Donate an Item to the Collections

Interested in donating an item to the Ohio History Connection? Learn what we collect and how to donate here.