Roxie Collie S. Laybourne (1912-2003), identifying bird feathers, c. 1944

ID: SIA Acc. 04-086 [SIA2009-0709]

Creator: Laybourne, Roxie C

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1940s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 04-086, Image #SIA2009-0709

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Summary

Ornithologist Roxie Collie S. Laybourne (1912-2003) worked in the Division of Birds at the United States National Museum and with the Bird and Mammal Laboratories, Fish and Wildlife Service. In the 1960s, Laybourne created the field of forensic ornithology, studying minute fragments of bird feathers in order to identify which birds were ingested into aircraft engines, often causing crashes. The field expanded to cover endangered species and criminal investigations.

Subject

  • Laybourne, Roxie C
  • United States National Museum Division of Birds
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bird and Mammal Laboratories

Notes

Also known as: [SPI_5758]

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 04-086, Image #SIA2009-0709

Date

  • 1944
  • c 1944

Topic

  • Forensic ornithology
  • Birds
  • Ornithology
  • Forensic ornithology

Form/Genre

Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA Acc. 04-086 [SIA2009-0709]

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