Unidentified location, body parts, 1966-1969

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This volume is a catalog of bird body parts collected for the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program. The volume does not identify localities or the cruise(s) on which the body parts were collected. The records are in three sections, by year: 1966, 1967, and 1969. The fields for the 1966 records include body part #, date, collector, species, age and sex, and body parts (H for head, W for wings). Body part numbers span from 1 to 670. The records are dated 1 January to 20 December 1966. The majority of specimens are heads of Sterna fuscata [Onychoprion fuscatus]/ Sooty Terns. The collector field is discontinued after the first four pages; collectors include R. Maze, KA, and JPT. The 1967 records are dated 7 January to 15 April; body parts are numbered 1-205. The fields have no headings but appear to include body part number, date, species, age, and body part type. The majority of the body parts are heads of Sooty Terns; some are from Common Noddy Terns. Monthly totals by species are provided for March and April. The records in the section with the heading "Specimens - 1969" are dated from 24 January to 3 September 1969. Except for the first field, FN, the fields have no headings. Headings appear to be field number, species, date, and remarks. Field numbers span from 26394 to 26431. These records correspond to records in item, Sand Island/Johnston Atoll, 1964-1969, part 3, in Box 199 Folder 8 of this same collection (SIA RU000245). The remarks field includes how specimen was collected, band number, year banded, etc. USNM numbers appear in the remarks in five records; numbers are within the range of 544568 and 544692. The 1969 records do not have a field for body part type; these records appear to refer to entire birds and not to body parts. Species include Fregata minor, Sula spp., Sterna fuscata [Onychoprion fuscatus], and others. Location information from related item, Sand Island/Johnston Atoll, 1964-1969, part 3, mentioned above, indicate that the specimens were collected on Johnston Atoll. The final page of the volume has a table with the heading "Regurgitation Samples 1969." The table has one record, May, which appears to provide the number of samples that month from each of five bird species.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 01, 1966

End Date

Sep 03, 1969

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • United States
  • Johnston Atoll


  • 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 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 201 Folder 7