Resources for Ornithologists
/ Wildlife Research Centers
Academy of Sciences Founded in 1857 and thus has the honor of being
Chicago's oldest scientific institution. Over 12000 specimens in its ornithological
Ornithology Collection in Ithaca, NY, currently consists of approximately
37000 skins, 4300 skeletons, 1200 fluid-preserved specimens, 3200 egg sets,
700 nests, and 1000 uncataloged mounts.
Library Rare and manuscript collections of all sorts, amongst which
the is L A Fuertes Ornithology Collection.
Lab of Ornithology Library of Natural Sounds is the world leader in
bird song recording and analysis for conservation, education, research,
and recreation purposes. As the world's largest repository of bird songs,
LNS contains 100000 individual recordings representing more than half the
world's bird species. These recordings are contributed by researchers and
volunteer Lab affiliates from around the world.
University Bioacoustics Research Program The Bioacoustics Research
Program (BRP) is one of the world's leading facilities for the study of
animal communication, and specializes in developing and applying new techniques
for recording and analyzing animal sounds.
Laboratory for Bioacoustics, Ohio State University Houses one of the
largest collections of recorded animal sounds in the world, approximately
23200 recordings of over 1000 species of animals including an impressive
list of passerine and non-passerine bird songs in a variety of habitats.
A current catalog is available for browsing. The BLB is also a center of
active research on animal sounds.
The world's most comprehensive collection of bird photographs; includes
over 85000 photographs of 5732 species of birds. VIREO was established
in 1979 to create a centralized, well curated collection of bird photographs
accessible for scientific and public use.
Museum Ornithology Collection Yale University, New Haven, CT. A comprehensive
ornithology collection for North America, with international significance
in several areas. Includes 100000+ skin, 9000+ skeletal and 13000+ pickled
(wet preserves) specimens. Overall, the collection contains material for
more than 6500 species, over 70 percent of the birds of the world.
Museum of Natural History Pierce Brodkorb Ornithology Collection University
of Florida, Gainesville. Represents the collection of fossil birds amassed
by the late Professor Pierce Brodkorb and recently acquired, integrated
and computer cataloged by FLMNH with support from the National Science
Foundation. The catalog consists of nearly 10000 numbers on a database
that can be queried by example.
Academy of Sciences Ornithology Collection A well-known collection
consisting of 12000 skins and over 1000 mounted specimens, including 583
species of North American birds. Described by one paragraph in the web
of Vertebrate Zoology Bird Collection University of California at Berkeley,
CA. One of the biggest collections in the US, with 174000+ specimens. Well-illustrated
web pages but little data online.
The Birds University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley.
Educational pages about the vertebrate class Aves which includes ... birds.
Four sections: Fossil Record, Life History and Ecology, Systematics, More
Migratory Bird Center Washington, DC. All about this interesting research
center, with a number of fact sheets - for instance on migrant land birds
in the Andes.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum Walnut Creek, California. A wildlife rehabilitation
and educational center that focuses on native California wildlife and natural
history. Exhibits live, non-releasable native wildlife. Founded in 1955,
the museum is the oldest and one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation
hospitals in the United States, treating more than 6000 injured or orphaned
wild animals each year.
Library for the Environment A a project of the Committee for the National
Institute for the Environment, a national non-profit which seeks to improve
the scientific basis for making decisions on environmental issues. The
on-line library aims to address the need for objective, scientifically
sound information. It will eventually include several on-line components
including Congressional Research Service Reports, In Depth Issues in the
Environment, Population and Environment Linkages
Museum, University of Puget Sound Tacoma, Washington. Bird Biodiversity
- keys, images, specimen lists. Ornithology collection (gopher) - 21500
(15500 skins, 1500 skeletons, 3200 extended wings, and 4500 egg sets)
Academy of Natural Sciences The Ornithology Dept of the Academy's Biodiversity
Group jointly publishes (with the American Ornithologists' Union) Birds
of North America, the encyclopedic reference series on all the species
of birds that breed in North America. Also the source of VIREO, the world's
most comprehensive collection of bird photographs. Web pages include info
about the department's research in Iwokrama, Guyana and comprehensive bird
of Alaska Museum Ornithology Collection Database With emphasis on the
birds of northwestern-most North America, including those endemic to Beringia
and those of the circumpolar North, the Ornithology Collection is the broadest
synoptic series in existence of avian material from Alaska. 6700 study
skins, 500+ skeletons and 300 avian genetic samples in the Alaska Frozen
Tissue Collection. A summary database is available for interrogation.
Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois. Website has a gopher menu
listing its collections.
Observatories / Research or Field Stations
Tropical de Pesquisas e Tecnologia, Brazil. A not-for-profit private
research organization, founded in 1971. Awarded the status of Federal Public
Utility Institution in recognition of its valuable services to the development
of science and technology in Brazil. The main objective of the Foundation
is to promote and disseminate scientific and technological knowledge by
carrying out research activities, acting as a documentation centre, and
promoting training activities.
Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center A
private, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cooperative conservation
solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education.
The scope of projects ranges from the reintroduction of Southern Bald Eagles
to the use of NASA thermo-imaging cameras to study incubation temperatures.
Prairie Wildlife Research Center Located near Jamestown, North Dakota;
one of many science centers operated by the Biological Resources Division
of the US Geological Survey, a bureau of the US Department of the Interior.
Website is information-rich, and includes a large number of technical reports
and research papers on waterfowl and other plains species, and maps for
the ranges of many North American breeding birds. The maps, based on data
collected by the USFWS/CWS Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), show changes in
the distribution and abundance patterns for the last 20 years, with four
maps for each species, representing the average distribution and abundance
pattern over five-year periods.
Wildlife Research Center Another science center operated by the Biological
Resources Division of the US Geological Survey, carrying out a wide range
of research projects; themes include Status and Trends of Biological Resources
and Management and Transfer of Natural Resources Information and Technology.
Another information-rich web site with details of research projects, including
Christmas Bird Count and Breeding Bird Survey results.
Olson Environmental Institute Founded as the environmental outreach
arm of Northland College in 1972. Located on the south shore of Lake Superior
in Ashland, Wisconsin, its purpose is to increase public understanding
of the complex relationships between natural and cultural environments
in the Lake Superior basin and to assist in developing workable solutions
to regional environmental problems.
Migratory Bird Center Dedicated to fostering greater understanding,
appreciation, and protection of the grand phenomenon of bird migration.
Website includes a number of fact sheets, bird of the month, publication
list and news.
Spatial Analysis Lab, University of Montana, Missoula. Established
in 1991 to apply GIS and remote sensing technologies to a variety of biological,
ecological, and environmental projects throughout the West - includes maps/posters
of some data/info on Bald Eagle in Montana.
Stations / Nature Centers
Marsh Bird Banding Station Manitoba. Established in 1994, it is one
of five working banding stations in Canada and part of the Canadian Wildlife
Service's "Canadian Landbird Monitoring.
Beach Migration Observatory Ontario, Southwestern Essex County. Conducts
long-term migration monitoring program. World class hawk migration site.
Need volunteers. Web page contains postings from Observatory President,
Mountain Bird Observatory Near Govan, Saskatchewan. Part of a nation-wide
network of observatories that have been established to keep track of Canada's
forest birds. Information from a banding program is forwarded to the Bird
Banding Office in Ottawa.
Pelican Project Research Station Near Hafford, Saskatchewan. More than
1000 American White Pelicans nest on New Tern Island at Redberry Lake,
one of the 14 colonies in Saskatchewan.
Bird Ringing Centre Bird Ringing Data Collection of the Zoological
Museum with data from Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, for c 2.5
million birds. Website gives last annual ringing report, list of publications,
and list of European ringing centres.
Vela Marsh Near Taranto in the south. A WWF Italy "oasis". Website
gives lists of resident, migratory, breeding and wintering birds, and inludes
a photo gallery with some 60 bird pics. The Italian version includes a
Guide to Apulia for nature lovers, covering woods, canyons, heaths, and
damp environments, with maps, bird, mammal, and plant (trees) lists with
Bird Observatory Run by Tringa RY, a bird society in Helsinki. Situated
at the tip of Hanko penisula in the extreme south west point of Finland.
Website gives information on ringing activity, migratory bird observations,
and a publications list.
Field Station Bird banding program re-started in 1990. Website describes
the bird life in Latnjajaure valley - typical of middle and high alpine
Bird Observatory At southern point of Öland. Research and ringing
conducted here since 1946. Annually about 20000 birds are ringed. Website
gives information about the observatory, species accounts, migration.
Bird Observatory Kent. Near the Old Lighthouse in Dungeness. Has two
sea-watching hides. Hostel-type accommodation available.
Bay Bird Observatory Kent. On east coast, between River Stour estuary
and Deal. Main work is to watch, record and ring the birds of Sandwich
Bay. Hostel accommodation available.
Isle Bird Observatory Scotland, Shetland Islands. Established in 1948.
Dense and diverse seabird populations found here. Lodge and bird observatory
open to visitors from late April to the end of October. Accommodation available.
Ronaldsay Bird Observatory Scotland, on a small island at the northernmost
end of the Orkney islands. Warden and staff are trained bird-ringers.
Island Nature Reserve Wales, off the south west coast of Pembrokeshire.
Along with neighbouring Skomer and Grassholm islands, it forms one of the
most important seabird breeding sites in Europe.
Bird Observatory Founded in 1991 to promote the conservation and monitoring
of Alaska's birds through research and education. Specializes in long term
studies of migrant and resident birds of the arctic, subarctic and temperate
regions of northwestern North America. Website includes info on education,
research, and training programs, volunteer opps, jobs, bird quiz, and visiting.
Arizona Bird Observatory Arizona. "Dedicated to the conservation of
the birds of southeastern Arizona, their habitats and the diversity of
species which share those habitats through research, monitoring and public
Reyes Bird Observatory California. Palomarin Field Station, located
on the Point Reyes National Seashore, is the headquarters of PRBO's Terrestrial
Program, which conducts research on landbirds throughout California and
the western US. Website includes info on research, projects, internship
and career opportunities, ringing scheme and results, education programs,
Natural Science Center Maryland, Stevenson. Educates Marylanders about
environmental issues, conducts bird walks, hosts birding excursions, and
operates a banding station. Website includes info about events, volunteer
Ridge Nature Reserve Minnesota, east Duluth. Standardized count of
migrating hawks is conducted annually from August into November. Website
includes info on getting there, programs, some count data.
Mountains Birds of Prey Montana. 17 species of birds of prey can be
seen each autumn, concentrating along the Bridgers during their migration
south. Web page provides site guide with maps.
May Bird Observatory New Jersey. Founded in 1975 by the New Jersey
Audubon Society. Cape May Peninsula funnels millions of birds as they move
south during autumn and is invaluable to migrants seeking safe foraging
and resting sites. Web page includes info on research and education programs,
and birding activities.
Mountain Sanctuary Pennsylvania. 2,380-acre nature preserve straddling
the Kittatinny Ridge. Established in 1934 as the world's first refuge devoted
to the protection of birds of prey. Website includes info about visiting,
events, programs, kids' page.
Ornithological Research Station Texas. Founded in 1929 / 1930 on 600
acres bordering on Cape Cod Bay. Large-scale, nearly continuous bird-banding
operation from 1927 until 1957. Bird Banding Data Computerization Project
underway since 1994.
Coast Bird Observatory Texas. Mission is "the conservation of birds
and their habitats along the Gulf of Mexico." Plans to build an Interpretive
Center at High Island, internationally known for its diversity and abundance
of springtime migrants.
Grande Valley Bird Observatory Texas. Conducts research and education
programs, bird-banding, works with other organizations in the preservation
of bird habitats. Website includes info on programs, acitivities, field
trips, birding hotspots, online newsletter, links.
Monument State Park Hawk Watch Just outside Washington, DC. Watch,
identify, count migrating raptors in spring and fall. Data sent to Hawk
Migration Association of North America. Web page includes some count data
and directions to get there.
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