POBSP, Field Notes, Ely, Fitch, Fleet, Gill, volume 53

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This volume contains multiple field books by multiple creators. Materials in Volume 53 document the cruises for the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, 1963-1965. 1) is observation data gathered by Charles A. Ely at sea, December 1963. Includes dates, range of time, weather, as well as type and quantity of birds. Includes specimen data detailing latitude and longitude position, type, weight, length, colors, and other physical characteristics. There is an addition listing with journal style entries between lists of observed birds and collected specimens. Location at sea stated as Pacific Ocean. Locations include Johnston Island and Pearl Island. 2) is Charles Ely's report on seabird photography at sea, November 1964. Details equipment used, settings, and daily notes of photographic work completed. Daily notes describe challenges and work completed. Includes a list of equipment. 3) is Charles Ely's miscellaneous notes from Midway Island, November 1964. These are in general observations organized by type of bird (by common name), and detail an overview of behaviors, quantities of birds and their environments. there are some references to specifically observed birds and band numbers. 4) is the catalog of John Fitch, of the Southern Islands, 1966. Specimens were collected at sea and on land. Latitude and longitude as given for sea collecting. Locations include Howland Island, Enderbury Island, and Baker. 5) is the journal of Robert Fleet from Offshore Islands of Oahu, Hawaii, November 1963. Journal style entries are dated and include island measurements, flora and fauna details (besides bird observation data), discussion of bird banding results, times of day of work completed, participants. 6) is Robert Fleets journal of Midway, Kure, and Leeward Islands, September 1964. Dated entries detail time of day of work, descriptions of environment, observations and quantities of birds, eggs and nests, bird banding data. Location includes Nihoa. 6) Includes Robert Fleet's accounts of Kure Species Accounts, April-June 1964. 7) Robert Fleet's journal and catalog from the Southern Island Cruise #8, May-June 1965. Are daily, dated, journal style entries about work and activities of cruise, including time in Hawaiian Islands beforehand. Locations include Howland island, Christmas Island [Kiritimati]. Includes data of observed birds, nests, and eggs. 8) Douglas Gill's journal and catalog for the Southern Island Cruise #5, June-July 1964. Detailed account of personal and professional daily activities, interactions with and work completed by participants (by name), locations on islands where observed and collected. Locations include Palmyra Island. Includes hand drawn maps.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 30, 1963

End Date

May 31, 1965

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Birds at (202) 633-0794 to make an appointment.


  • Animals
  • Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Enderbury Atoll
  • Kure Atoll
  • United States
  • Kiritimati
  • Hawaii
  • Hawaiian Islands
  • Midway Islands
  • Oahu
  • Howland Island
  • Leeward Islands
  • Kiribati


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps

Accession #

SIA RU000245

Collection name

National Museum of Natural History, Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, records, circa 1961-1973, with data from 1923

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Birds


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