Field Notes, POBSP, Jackson, Jillson, Kepler, volume 59

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Volume 59 includes multiple journals by multiple creators completed for the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, 1964-1965. Journals are a mix of typed and hand written copies. Appears to be a misprint (misprinted D.W. Jackson instead of D.W. Johnston). Creators include David W. Johnston, R.R. Jillson, and C. Kepler. 1) is the journal of D. W. Johnston for work completed on Wake Island, April 9 - 26, 1964. Entries are dated and journal style. Includes descriptions of island's geographical features, vegetation, and weather; shore and pelagic birds; daily activities including bird banding; specimens collected (number, species, sex, weight, breading plumage, length, and molt level; marine life in the coastline; behaviors of birds and predators; and observed characteristics of birds, chicks and nests. Includes sketches of bird anatomy. At end is a table of specimen details organized by date with sex, body and heart weight, and notes. 2) is the journal of Ray Jillson, from Southern Island Cruise [SIC] #4, February 3 - April 4, 1964. Journal includes dated entries, with descriptions of daily activities, observations of marine life, work of participants, sea birds observed while on watch, culling feral cat populations, and details about collected insects, birds, plants, fish (collecting by poisoning). Includes sketches of observed fauna. Locations include Howland, Baker, Birnie, Phoenix [Rawaki], Canton, American Samoa, Pago Pago, Jarvis,and Palmyra. 3) is the journal of C. Kepler during his work in the Main Hawaiian Island, February 1,1964-July 23, 1965. Dated journal entries detail participant work; daily activities; bird observations including population estimates, behaviors, characteristics of adults, chicks, eggs and nests; and other observed wildlife and vegetation. Entries become more organized, listing personnel going to island each day, headings with quantities of observed wildlife, followed by descriptions. Locations in the Hawaiian islands include Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. 3) is Cam Kepler's journal of Midway Island, December 15-23,1964. Details effects of severe weather on the island and bird populations. Locations include Kure Island. 4) is Kepler's journal of Main Hawaiian Islands and Kure Island, June 11,1964- March 1, 1965. Entries cover daily activities, shore and pelagic bird observations, weather, travel challenges, observed birds (usually headed by type), collecting blood samples, other fauna (i.e. rodents, insects), and banding information with references to specific numbers. Locations includes Oahu, and surrounding islands, Johnston, and Kure.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 03, 1964

End Date

Mar 01, 1965

Access Information

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  • Animals
  • Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program
  • Entomology
  • Birds
  • Ichthyology
  • Plants
  • Ornithology
  • Botany


  • United States
  • Hawaii
  • American Samoa
  • Kauai
  • Howland Island
  • Rawaki
  • Maui
  • Wake Island
  • Baker Island
  • Palmyra Atoll
  • Kure Atoll
  • Johnston Island
  • Jarvis
  • Midway Islands
  • Oahu


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Scientific illustrations

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


Volume 59