Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program
This set of images was curated by Emily Hunter during her internship with the Field Book Project, a joint project of the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The set documents the variety of birds observed, banded, and collected as part of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP), 1961-1973. The Program deployed over 40 Smithsonian Institution employees to conduct biological surveys of plants and animals that occurred on the islands and atolls. A major focus was determining migration, distribution, and populations of seabirds.

Birds of varying age, as well as nests and eggs were observed as part of census work and were documented through photography. Illustrations of birds by researchers compliment the set and demonstrate the researchers’ ability to capture the formal beauty of the birds they observed. Together the images show the diversity of birds in the Pacific, and the importance of ornithological research in this part of the world.

To learn more about the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, please reference the finding aid for the archival collection: Smithsonian Institution Record Unit 245.

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