POBSP Field Notes, Wirtz, Woodward, Wislocki, Volume 77

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Volume 77 is a collection of the journals of William Wirtz, Paul Woodward, G.S. Wislocki completed for the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, 1963-1965. Includes a mixture of typed and hand written copies of journals. 1) is the journal of William O. Wirtz II for Honolulu-liaison with Navy and commercial transporters, June 1963. These relate to vessels used, staffing, supply procurement and management for the trip, expenses, and relations with military partners. 2) are Wirtz's journal and logs for at sea cruise, August 1 - 16, 1963. Dated entries list staff and staffing issues, weather, ship conditions, bird (individual and group) behaviors observed at sea and on land, destinations and times of day. Logs include date, time of day, direction (in degrees) and time of sunrise and sunset. An additional set includes latitude and longitude, and reference points. This is followed by journal entries detailing bird sightings with time, type, and position in relation to the vessel. Locations are near Johnston and Niihau Island. 4) is Wirtz's journal for Midway and Kure Islands, September 13-November 25, 1963. Entries are dated, and include weather; daily work and participant interactions; observed bird behaviors; seal observing, banding, and collecting (references to band numbers); summary of seal data [October 10]; rat trapping and observations; bird banding; bird summaries; and vegetation succession plots. Includes preprinted observations sheets with location, viewer, time, weather, and bird types. 5) is Paul Woodward's journal from Oahu and Leeward Hawaiian Islands, May 29 - September 19, 1964 aboard USNS Shearwater. Dated entries are headed with island location. Entries include bird, nest, and egg observations as well as other wildlife; daily work with times of day; bird counts; and bird banding. Locations include Pearl and Hermes Reef, Lisianski, and Laysan Island. 6) is Woodward's catalog, October-November 1964. Is organized by island, followed by date, and includes number, type, sex, testes or ovary measurements, United States National Museum [USNM] field number, fat content, and collecting location. There is some physical description of specimens. Includes islands, Howland, McKean, Gardner, Enderbury, Baker, and Phoenix [Rawaki]. 7) is Woodward's journal for the Tokelau Islands, February 26 - March 3, 1965. Entries are dated and describe communities in the islands, outriggers observed, lists of plants seen, descriptions of island vegetation, descriptions of birds observed, and plant collecting. Locations include Fakaofo, Nukunono, and Atofu. 8) are the journals of George S. Wislocki, 1963-1964. The first is collecting in Sand Island - Johnston Atoll, November 20- January 13, 1963 with bird counts, observations of behaviors, bird banding, and island surveys. The next covers April 22 - May 25, 1964, and includes a dated itinerary with daily summary of activities. Journal for March 5 - 15, 1964, covers the Leeward Island Survey and details staffing and itinerary broken down by date and time of day. Journal entries include banding data, and preprinted observation sheets as previously described. The next set of field notes cover October 10 - November 19, 1964, aboard the USNS Shearwater. Entries are dated and journal style. and describe collecting and observing on Taongi atoll and Kwajalein atoll.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 13, 1963

End Date

Mar 03, 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
  • Plants
  • Birds--Counting
  • Ornithology
  • Botany


  • Laysan Island
  • Tokelau
  • United States
  • Gardner Pinnacles
  • Hawaii
  • Howland Island
  • Leeward Islands
  • Pearl and Hermes Reef
  • Lisianski Island
  • Kure Atoll
  • Johnston Island
  • Midway Islands
  • Oahu
  • McKean Atoll; McKean Island
  • Niihau


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

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 volume

Physical Location

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


Volume 77