MSB Bird Collection (Arctos)

Occurrence dataset published by Museum of Southwestern Biology

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MSB Bird Collection (Arctos)

Description

The MSB Division of Birds maintains an extensive research collection of over 40,000 bird specimens from western North America and around the world. Taxonomic coverage consists of all avian orders and approximately 85% of avian families. The oldest specimens are from the mid-1870’s, with most collected after the 1950’s. The collection has grown about 6-fold since 1989, and it continues to grow rapidly through salvage and research-driven collecting. Approximately 40% of the specimens have frozen tissues associated with them. Collection highlights include: Synoptic series of the Birds of New Mexico for ID reference and teaching; the personal collection of Dale Zimmerman, donated in 2004, which contributed significantly to the taxonomic and geographic scope of the collection; the collection of Amadeo Rea, upon which the book Once a River was based; raptors and game birds of J.M. Campbell; the J. Stokley Ligon collections (in part); and representative threatened, endangered and extinct species of North America. All but the most recent research specimens are published online via the database Arctos.

Temporal coverages

Living time period: 1850 to present

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Administrative contact
Christopher Witt
Curator of Birds
Museum of Southwestern Biology University of New Mexico 87131-0001 Albuquerque NM United States (505) 277-8169
Metadata author
Christopher Witt
Curator of Birds
Museum of Southwestern Biology University of New Mexico 87131-0001 Albuquerque NM United States (505) 277-8169
Originator
Christopher Witt
Curator of Birds
Museum of Southwestern Biology University of New Mexico 87131-0001 Albuquerque NM United States (505) 277-8169

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Museum of Southwestern Biology

Publication Date

Jul 13, 2014

Registration Date

May 3, 2013

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Taxonomic Coverage

The MSB bird collection is taxonomically broad, with 100% of avian orders and 85% of the bird families of the world represented.

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Aves

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The geographical strength of the MSB bird collection is the American Southwest (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico). Worldwide, the collection has important holdin… more

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Geographic Coverage

The geographical strength of the MSB bird collection is the American Southwest (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico). Worldwide, the collection has important holdings from Kenya, South Africa, and Peru, including modern Andean research collections sampled from elevational transects.

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Point of contact
Andrew Johnson
Collection Manager, Birds
Museum of Southwestern Biology University of New Mexico 87131-0001 Albuquerque NM United States (505) 277-1359
Point of contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley