Visit to the Commander Islands, USSR, July 1961

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The folder includes 2 reports covering a visit to islands off the coast of the USSR [Soviet Union]. One is entitled a visit to the Commander Islands [Komandorskije ostrova], USSR (now Russia), July 1961. The report was given to the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries and the Regional Office in Juneau, Alaska. The report, written by Karl W. Kenyon, covers an itinerary, summary of activities per date ranges, wildlife information for sea otters, fur seal, Steller Sea Lion, other marine mammals, and birds. These are organized by observations and verbal information (oral history from local residents). It discusses locations visited, terrain, and dates seen. Locations include rookeries in Cape Yushina [Mys Yushina], on Bering Island and Medny Island. Includes copies of maps and photographs attached to the report. Pictures have extensive descriptions and subject matter includes field stations, staff, local inhabitants, local wildlife.|The second report by Ford Wilke, Alton Y. Roppel, and Karl Niggol of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Marine Mammal Biological Laboratory in Seattle) is entitled observations in the Medny and Bering Islands, Kamchatka, USSR. It includes a table of contents and organizes descriptions by locations, type of wildlife, and vegetation. Covers birds and mammals. It covers nearly all aspects: staffing, daily events, descriptions of terrain, rookeries etc.

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 30, 1961

End Date

Jun 30, 1961

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  • Mys Yushina
  • Komandorskije ostrova
  • Soviet Union
  • Russia


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Reports

Accession #

SIA RU007407

Collection name

United States Fish and Wildlife Service Bird and Mammal Laboratories, Records, 1945-1970

Physical Description

3 reports

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 3