Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 435
National Museum of Natural History. Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey
Survey Records, 1966-1971
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.
These records consist primarily of raw and synthesized bird-banding data compiled by the Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey. The usual data given includes species, sex, weight, and fat content. Also included is correspondence of Watson, mostly concerning banding work; reports; and administrative records.
Many of the materials in this collection have been digitized.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Watson, George E. (George Elder), 1931-
- United States. Naval Medical Research Unit
- Yale University
- United States. Army Research Office
- Smithsonian Foreign Currency Program
- Smithsonian Research Foundation
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Vertebrate Zoology
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Birds
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 435, National Museum of Natural History. Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey, Survey Records