Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey, survey records, 1966-1973 : Egypt banding information (DOA/Release), Spring 1971, PMS banding forms.

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Abstract

Field book of banding forms and five punch cards that are survey records on migratory birds specimens collected in Egypt for the Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey. From the finding aid (SIA RU000435): "The Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey (PMS), a survey of migratory birds, their ectoparasites and the viruses they carry, was conducted in the eastern Mediterranean from 1966 to 1971. The primary PMS operation site was in northern Egypt. Surveys were also conducted in Cyprus and Israel. The PMS involved scientists of the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Naval Medical Research Unit, and Yale University, and was funded by the Army Research Office, the Smithsonian Foreign Currency Program, and the Smithsonian Research Foundation. George E. Watson, Chairman, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, and Curator, Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, was Principal Investigator". Surveys were also conducted in Uganda. The forms are dated December 29, 1970 (in spite of the dates indicated on the folder's title) to May 26, 1971. The forms are not numbered, but have instead a mention of "released" or "DOA" (dead on arrival) bird. They show the date, locality of capture and release, bird species, sex (as determined by plumage, soft parts, or otherwise), age (as determined by plumage, soft parts, skull or otherwise), weight, fat, molt, and additional remarks. Many forms are marked with the word "discard". Five punch cards are inserted at the end of the folder. Marked with codes for bird specimens, the first two have the dates "12 29 70", the next two have "12 30 70", and the last has "1 4 71".

Date Range

1970-1971

Start Date

Dec 29, 1970

End Date

May 26, 1971

Access Information

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Topic

  • Birds--Egypt
  • Animals
  • Bird banding
  • Birds
  • Birds--Migration
  • Birds--Parasites
  • Ornithology

Place

Egypt

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 16-361

Collection name

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.), Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey, survey records, 1966-1973

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Sublocation

Box 7, folder 10