National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program field research records, 1961-1973

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This accession consists of historical information, background material, and specimen reports on the islands of the Pacific Ocean and their flora and fauna. Materials include field notes, maps, correspondence, printed items, photographs, and annotated lists. The Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP) was initiated in 1962 when the Smithsonian Institution entered into a grant agreement with the Department of Defense. From January 1963 through June 1969 Smithsonian Institution employees undertook biological surveys in an area of the Pacific Ocean spanning the equator and extending from latitude 30 degrees north to 10 degrees south and from longitude 150 degrees east to 180 degrees west, an area dotted with clusters of islands and atolls. The major goals of the program were to learn what plants and animals occurred on the islands, the seasonal variations in their numbers and reproductive activities, and the distribution and population of the pelagic birds of that area. Emphasis was placed on the banding of birds in an effort to determine migration, distribution, and abundance of pelagic sea birds. During the six and a half years of field work 1,800,000 birds were banded; approximately 150,000 observations of pelagic birds at sea were made; and biological surveys of varying intensity were made on several islands.

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  • Aves
  • Molluska
  • Mammalia
  • Felidae
  • Rattus exulans
  • Crustacea
  • Animalia
  • Birds
  • Mollusks
  • Mammals
  • Cats
  • Pacific rats
  • Crustaceans


  • Hawaiian Islands
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Kiribati
  • Oceania
  • Phoenix Islands


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SIA Acc. 83-126


5 boxes

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