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THE NATURAL SCIENCE COLLECTION
The natural science collections at the museum consist of flora, fauna and minerals. The museum’s herbarium contains just over 46,000 plant sheets, mainly from Ostrobothnia. There are approx. 37,000 insects in the collections and a stone collection which consists of approx. 1,200 specimens. Besides these, there are approx. 600 birds and approx. 80 mammals, some of which are on display in Terranova. Most of the collected items were donated by the Ostrobothnia Australis association. Other significant donors are Vaasa Finnish Upper secondary school and Per-Eric Granqvist.
The natural science collections consist primarily of the Ostrobothnia Australis Association’s collections, which were donated to the Museum of Ostrobothnia when they were relocated from the association's own museum. The collections mainly represent animal and plant life in southern Ostrobothnia (Ostrobothnia Australis). The herbarium was established as far back as 1925 and the insect collection in 1928. The bird and mammal collections mainly consist of the so-called Bodén-Stenbäck collections which were donated to the city of Vaasa back in 1886 and were placed in the care of the Ostrobothnia Australis association in 1933. The bird and mammal collections may be viewed by the public as part of Terranova. Also included in the collections are minerals and rock types, as well as a small collection of fish, reptiles, molluscs and other specimens of wildlife.
The bird and mammal collections
Most of the bird and mammal collection is on display behind glass at Terranova, in traditionally systematic rows on shelves, supplied with details of the exhibit’s name in Latin, Finnish and Swedish. Some of the older specimens will be replaced as the opportunity arises.
The bird collection consists of close to 600 specimens and over 100 nests with eggs, as well as some additional eggs of unspecified species. The mammal collection consists of approx. 80 animals. The Bodén-Stenbäck collections which were donated to the city of Vaasa by J.A. Bodén (M.A.) and provincial doctor I. Stenbäck as early as 1886 are particularly worthy of mention. This valuable collection was collected between 1869 and 1885 in southern Ostrobothnia, and originally included approx. 300 birds and 20 mammals, most of which are still in good condition. Bodén and Stenbäck were true pioneers in the art of conservation. The City of Vaasa entrusted these collections to Ostrobothnia Australis in 1933 and the association in turn donated them to the Museum of Ostrobothnia in 2003.
The insect collection
The insects are kept in insect cabinets in a room which holds a constant temperature of approx. 16-18 degrees. Researchers and museum visitors who are interested can ask the curator for an appointment to access the collections. All of the insects are systematically categorized. There is a permanent insect exhibition at Terranova, where all species of butterflies which exist in Ostrobothnia (517) are on display. Representatives of the other main insect groups are also on display. The insect collection consists of about 37,000 insects, e.g. beetles, butterflies and ants.
The herbarium consists of approx. 46,000 plant sheets which are kept in their own room in herbarium cabinets. Researchers and other interested visitors can arrange an appointment with the curator to access the herbarium collections. The herbarium mainly contains vascular plants, most of which were collected in the natural science area Ostrobothnia Australis, that is, southern Ostrobothnia. Of course there are also plants from the rest of Finland, as well as a certain amount from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. There is also a small collection of algae, lichens and mosses. Approximately 44,000 of the vascular plants are catalogued in the national database programme Kastikka. Researchers can access information about individual plants there.
Minerals and rocktypes
Most of this collection (about 660 specimens) was donated by Vaasa Finnish Upper secondary School.
Paavo Alkio’s stone collection, which consists of about 400 stones, was deposited by the association for mineral prospecting, Vaasan läänin malminetsijät. In addition, there is a small collection of about 80 stones which originate from a mine in Korsnäs which is now closed, Outukumpu Ltd. Some of the collection is on display at Terranova.