National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, 1961-1973 : SIC 7 population summary sheets, Baker activity data.

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The Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP) was initiated in 1962 when the Smithsonian Institution entered into a grant agreement with the Department of Defense. From January 1963 through June 1969 Smithsonian Institution employees undertook biological surveys in an area of the Pacific Ocean spanning the equator and extending from latitude 30 degrees north to 10 degrees south and from longitude 150 degrees east to 180 degrees west, an area dotted with clusters of islands and atolls. The major goals of the program were to learn what plants and animals occurred on the islands, the seasonal variations in their numbers and reproductive activities, and the distribution and population of the pelagic birds of that area. Emphasis was placed on the banding of birds in an effort to determine migration, distribution, and abundance of pelagic sea birds. During the six and a half years of field work 1,800,000 birds were banded; approximately 150,000 observations of pelagic birds at sea were made; and biological surveys of varying intensity were made on several islands. The present folder includes a report on a field trip from February 5 to 7, 1966, to Baker Island to record weather data and to study populations of sea birds and mollusks. Field work was performed by Robert L. Delong and T. James Lewis, who took blood samples from birds and who collected mollusks. Also included are field notes by C. Kepler that constitute an activity study for October 16-20, 1965, on birds and cats of Baker Island, along with additional field notes of the same period, by C. Kepler and B. Harrington. The folder also includes notes from the journals of Harrington and of Woodward (Paul W. Woodward) for the 1965 field work, and original as well as copies of field notes.

Date Range


Start Date


End Date

Feb 07, 1966

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  • Mollusks--Pacific Ocean
  • Climatology--Measurement
  • Cats
  • Bird banding
  • Zoology
  • Mammals--Oceania
  • Birds--Oceania
  • Sea birds


  • Baker Island
  • Oceania


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Reports
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA Acc. 83-126

Collection name

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program field research records, 1961-1973

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 2, folder 32