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    Numerous bird-related regulations appear to be extinct

    Thanks for this important, detailed update, Ellen. Nice to see a clear summary of this thicket of constant confusion.
  2. Collections-based Symposium & Round-table Discussion NAOC 2016 Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2016. 9:00-11:30am - morning session (note that the web site is incorrect; we will begin at 0900). 11:30-12:30 - lunch 12:30-3:30 - afternoon session Summary. The morning symposium will be “Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education,” and the afternoon roundtable will be “Issues in Collections Management and Museum Science.” Natural history collections offer unique opportunities for students to obtain hands-on training in organismal biology and to get involved in research. Pressing issues in collections management include data quality, complexity, and associated software; social media; destructive sampling; specimen transport; and permitting. Names and Affiliation of Organizers: AOU Collections Committee & Smithsonian Institution (contacts: Carla Cicero, Chris Milensky, and Kevin Winker) MORNING - SYMPOSIUM Title: “Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education” Duration: 9:00-11:30am - morning session (note that the web site is incorrect; we will begin at 0900). Description of Objectives and Topics: Natural history collections offer unique opportunities for students to obtain hands-on training in organismal biology through learning how to collect, prepare, and curate specimens. These experiences also provide students with opportunities to get involved in collections-based research activities. Conversely, students may contribute significantly to natural history collections through their potential involvement in a wide variety of activities. This symposium will discuss current initiatives to integrate natural history collections into undergraduate education. Each talk will focus on a different museum’s program. Our goal is to convey the relevance of museums for training the next generation of scientists. We also tie in the relevance of museums to conservation through discussions of specific research projects involving undergraduate students. Examples of conservation-focused work include studies on stable isotopes, resurveys, phylogeography, genetic change over time, trophic change, disease ecology, pesticide/toxicity studies, describing cryptic species, and species distribution modeling. This symposium will be of broad interest to both researchers and educators. We will highlight how students benefit from collections-based research experiences and how institutions benefit from having students work in the collections. Examples of benefits to undergraduates include hands-on learning with specimens in a formal curriculum, mentoring by collections staff and faculty, field experience, and development of a scientific identity. Benefits to institutions include help collecting and processing materials as well as opportunities for outreach and broader impacts. We will also discuss the use of collections in public outreach and educational programs, both university-affiliated and more broadly. Draft Schedule: 9:00: Very brief ( 9:00-9:15: Scott Edwards, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard Univ. AIM-UP! Advancing Integration of Museums into Undergraduate Programs 9:15-9:30: Anna Hiller, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Univ. California Berkeley A 10-Year Retrospective on the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Undergraduate Program 9:30-9:45: Gene Hunt, National Museum of Natural History Natural History Research Experiences REU at the National Museum of Natural History 9:45-10:00: Peter Wimberger, Slater Museum of Natural History Research and Beyond! Integrating Natural History Museums into an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Environment 10:00-10:15: John Bates, Field Museum of Natural History The Future of Collection Databases: Training the Next Generation of Data Curators 10:15-10:30: Elizabeth Beckman, Museum of Southwestern Biology Approaches to teaching undergraduate evolutionary genetics using museum specimens and databases 10:30-10:45: John McCormack, Moore Lab of Zoology, Occidental College Molecular Research with Undergraduates Using Museum Specimens 10:45-11:00: Beth Wommack, University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates The Start of a Volunteer Program at the University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates 11:00-11:30: General Discussion LUNCH BREAK 11:30-12:30 - lunch AFTERNOON – ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION Title: “Issues in Collections Management and Museum Science” Duration: 12:30-3:30 - afternoon session Description of Objectives and Topics: This round–table discussion complements the morning session, considering some of the most pressing issues in collections management today. It focuses on five or six areas: (1) An overview of data quality issues in this era of increasingly detailed desires and requirements and data management of data-rich collections and database software options. (2) The use of social media for collection-based activities. (3) The growing demands for destructive sampling of traditional specimens, and how and why various responses have evolved (including preserving more samples for destructive research). (4) Navigation of increasingly complex international issues in the movement of specimens and an overview of pressing permitting issues. The session will begin with a 5-minute introduction and end with a 30-minute general discussion. Leaders for each topic TBD; structure to be ~10 minutes of panel/leaders presentations and ~20 minutes of open discussion. We anticipate 2-3 panel leaders per topic. Outline: Introduction (5 min) Data Quality and Collection Digitization, including publication of data to global biodiversity portals. Data management of data-rich collections and database software options (55 min). Panel leaders: Carla Cicero, Craig Ludwig, Keith Barker. The challenges of effectively using social media and web-based outreach for collections-based activities (30 min). Panel leaders: Paul Sweet, James Maley, Ildiko Szabo. Destructive sampling, including new technologies, sampling requests, preserving multiple samples for destruction, and techniques (30 min). Panel leaders: Helen James, Garth Spellman, Kevin Winker. International issues, including loans, disease, specimen treatments, and an overview of pressing permitting issues (30 min). Panel leaders: Chris Milensky, … General discussion (30 min). Panel leaders: Kevin Winker, Carla Cicero, Chris Milensky.
  3. Collections-based Symposium & Round-table Discussion NAOC 2016 Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2016. 9:00-11:30am - morning session (note that the web site is incorrect; we will begin at 0900). 11:30-12:30 - lunch 12:30-3:30 - afternoon session Summary. The morning symposium will be “Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education,” and the afternoon roundtable will be “Issues in Collections Management and Museum Science.” Natural history collections offer unique opportunities for students to obtain hands-on training in organismal biology and to get involved in research. Pressing issues in collections management include data quality, complexity, and associated software; social media; destructive sampling; specimen transport; and permitting. Names and Affiliation of Organizers: AOU Collections Committee & Smithsonian Institution (contacts: Carla Cicero, Chris Milensky, and Kevin Winker) MORNING - SYMPOSIUM Title: “Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education” Duration: 9:00-11:30am - morning session (note that the web site is incorrect; we will begin at 0900). Description of Objectives and Topics: Natural history collections offer unique opportunities for students to obtain hands-on training in organismal biology through learning how to collect, prepare, and curate specimens. These experiences also provide students with opportunities to get involved in collections-based research activities. Conversely, students may contribute significantly to natural history collections through their potential involvement in a wide variety of activities. This symposium will discuss current initiatives to integrate natural history collections into undergraduate education. Each talk will focus on a different museum’s program. Our goal is to convey the relevance of museums for training the next generation of scientists. We also tie in the relevance of museums to conservation through discussions of specific research projects involving undergraduate students. Examples of conservation-focused work include studies on stable isotopes, resurveys, phylogeography, genetic change over time, trophic change, disease ecology, pesticide/toxicity studies, describing cryptic species, and species distribution modeling. This symposium will be of broad interest to both researchers and educators. We will highlight how students benefit from collections-based research experiences and how institutions benefit from having students work in the collections. Examples of benefits to undergraduates include hands-on learning with specimens in a formal curriculum, mentoring by collections staff and faculty, field experience, and development of a scientific identity. Benefits to institutions include help collecting and processing materials as well as opportunities for outreach and broader impacts. We will also discuss the use of collections in public outreach and educational programs, both university-affiliated and more broadly. Draft Schedule: 9:00: Very brief ( 9:00-9:15: Scott Edwards, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard Univ. AIM-UP! Advancing Integration of Museums into Undergraduate Programs 9:15-9:30: Anna Hiller, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Univ. California Berkeley A 10-Year Retrospective on the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Undergraduate Program 9:30-9:45: Gene Hunt, National Museum of Natural History Natural History Research Experiences REU at the National Museum of Natural History 9:45-10:00: Peter Wimberger, Slater Museum of Natural History Research and Beyond! Integrating Natural History Museums into an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Environment 10:00-10:15: John Bates, Field Museum of Natural History The Future of Collection Databases: Training the Next Generation of Data Curators 10:15-10:30: Elizabeth Beckman, Museum of Southwestern Biology Approaches to teaching undergraduate evolutionary genetics using museum specimens and databases 10:30-10:45: John McCormack, Moore Lab of Zoology, Occidental College Molecular Research with Undergraduates Using Museum Specimens 10:45-11:00: Beth Wommack, University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates The Start of a Volunteer Program at the University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates 11:00-11:30: General Discussion LUNCH BREAK 11:30-12:30 - lunch AFTERNOON – ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION Title: “Issues in Collections Management and Museum Science” Duration: 12:30-3:30 - afternoon session Description of Objectives and Topics: This round–table discussion complements the morning session, considering some of the most pressing issues in collections management today. It focuses on five or six areas: (1) An overview of data quality issues in this era of increasingly detailed desires and requirements and data management of data-rich collections and database software options. (2) The use of social media for collection-based activities. (3) The growing demands for destructive sampling of traditional specimens, and how and why various responses have evolved (including preserving more samples for destructive research). (4) Navigation of increasingly complex international issues in the movement of specimens and an overview of pressing permitting issues. The session will begin with a 5-minute introduction and end with a 30-minute general discussion. Leaders for each topic TBD; structure to be ~10 minutes of panel/leaders presentations and ~20 minutes of open discussion. We anticipate 2-3 panel leaders per topic. Outline: Introduction (5 min) Data Quality and Collection Digitization, including publication of data to global biodiversity portals. Data management of data-rich collections and database software options (55 min). Panel leaders: Carla Cicero, Craig Ludwig, Keith Barker. The challenges of effectively using social media and web-based outreach for collections-based activities (30 min). Panel leaders: Paul Sweet, James Maley, Ildiko Szabo. Destructive sampling, including new technologies, sampling requests, preserving multiple samples for destruction, and techniques (30 min). Panel leaders: Helen James, Garth Spellman, Kevin Winker. International issues, including loans, disease, specimen treatments, and an overview of pressing permitting issues (30 min). Panel leaders: Chris Milensky, … General discussion (30 min). Panel leaders: Kevin Winker, Carla Cicero, Chris Milensky.
  4. Collections-based Symposium & Round-table Discussion Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2016. 9:00-11:30am - morning session (note that the web site is incorrect; we will begin at 0900). 11:30-12:30 - lunch 12:30-3:30 - afternoon session Summary. The morning symposium will be “Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education,” and the afternoon roundtable will be “Issues in Collections Management and Museum Science.” Natural history collections offer unique opportunities for students to obtain hands-on training in organismal biology and to get involved in research. Pressing issues in collections management include data quality, complexity, and associated software; social media; destructive sampling; specimen transport; and permitting. Names and Affiliation of Organizers: AOU Collections Committee & Smithsonian Institution (contacts: Carla Cicero, Chris Milensky, and Kevin Winker) MORNING - SYMPOSIUM Title: “Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education” Duration: 9:00-11:30am - morning session (note that the web site is incorrect; we will begin at 0900). Description of Objectives and Topics: Natural history collections offer unique opportunities for students to obtain hands-on training in organismal biology through learning how to collect, prepare, and curate specimens. These experiences also provide students with opportunities to get involved in collections-based research activities. Conversely, students may contribute significantly to natural history collections through their potential involvement in a wide variety of activities. This symposium will discuss current initiatives to integrate natural history collections into undergraduate education. Each talk will focus on a different museum’s program. Our goal is to convey the relevance of museums for training the next generation of scientists. We also tie in the relevance of museums to conservation through discussions of specific research projects involving undergraduate students. Examples of conservation-focused work include studies on stable isotopes, resurveys, phylogeography, genetic change over time, trophic change, disease ecology, pesticide/toxicity studies, describing cryptic species, and species distribution modeling. This symposium will be of broad interest to both researchers and educators. We will highlight how students benefit from collections-based research experiences and how institutions benefit from having students work in the collections. Examples of benefits to undergraduates include hands-on learning with specimens in a formal curriculum, mentoring by collections staff and faculty, field experience, and development of a scientific identity. Benefits to institutions include help collecting and processing materials as well as opportunities for outreach and broader impacts. We will also discuss the use of collections in public outreach and educational programs, both university-affiliated and more broadly. Draft Schedule: 9:00: Very brief ( 9:00-9:15: Scott Edwards, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard Univ. AIM-UP! Advancing Integration of Museums into Undergraduate Programs 9:15-9:30: Anna Hiller, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Univ. California Berkeley A 10-Year Retrospective on the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Undergraduate Program 9:30-9:45: Gene Hunt, National Museum of Natural History Natural History Research Experiences REU at the National Museum of Natural History 9:45-10:00: Peter Wimberger, Slater Museum of Natural History Research and Beyond! Integrating Natural History Museums into an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Environment 10:00-10:15: John Bates, Field Museum of Natural History The Future of Collection Databases: Training the Next Generation of Data Curators 10:15-10:30: Elizabeth Beckman, Museum of Southwestern Biology Approaches to teaching undergraduate evolutionary genetics using museum specimens and databases 10:30-10:45: John McCormack, Moore Lab of Zoology, Occidental College Molecular Research with Undergraduates Using Museum Specimens 10:45-11:00: Beth Wommack, University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates The Start of a Volunteer Program at the University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates 11:00-11:30: General Discussion LUNCH BREAK 11:30-12:30 - lunch AFTERNOON – ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION Title: “Issues in Collections Management and Museum Science” Duration: 12:30-3:30 - afternoon session Description of Objectives and Topics: This round–table discussion complements the morning session, considering some of the most pressing issues in collections management today. It focuses on five or six areas: (1) An overview of data quality issues in this era of increasingly detailed desires and requirements and data management of data-rich collections and database software options. (2) The use of social media for collection-based activities. (3) The growing demands for destructive sampling of traditional specimens, and how and why various responses have evolved (including preserving more samples for destructive research). (4) Navigation of increasingly complex international issues in the movement of specimens and an overview of pressing permitting issues. The session will begin with a 5-minute introduction and end with a 30-minute general discussion. Leaders for each topic TBD; structure to be ~10 minutes of panel/leaders presentations and ~20 minutes of open discussion. We anticipate 2-3 panel leaders per topic. Outline: Introduction (5 min) Data Quality and Collection Digitization, including publication of data to global biodiversity portals. Data management of data-rich collections and database software options (55 min). Panel leaders: Carla Cicero, Craig Ludwig, Keith Barker. The challenges of effectively using social media and web-based outreach for collections-based activities (30 min). Panel leaders: Paul Sweet, James Maley, Ildiko Szabo. Destructive sampling, including new technologies, sampling requests, preserving multiple samples for destruction, and techniques (30 min). Panel leaders: Helen James, Garth Spellman, Kevin Winker. International issues, including loans, disease, specimen treatments, and an overview of pressing permitting issues (30 min). Panel leaders: Chris Milensky, … General discussion (30 min). Panel leaders: Kevin Winker, Carla Cicero, Chris Milensky.
  5. kwinker

    Joe T. Marshall, 1918 - 2015

    I remember the time I first met Joe. Allan Phillips had told me to look him up. I was working on Catharus thrushes at the USNM, and I heard this distinct gait coming, and then, when the walker got close, "Who the fuck is working in my thrushes?!" And I knew right away who it must be, and I stepped around the corner and said "You must be Joe Marshall. Allan Phillips told me I had to meet you. I'm..." Good times. Later, Joe wrote this piece (here copied unedited) for the book I edited, "Moments of Discovery" : "Bird Specimens Collected at Lake Olomega, El Salvador I have been reproached for some disembowelled bird skins collected at Lake Olomega—those from whom the carefully placed cotton stuffing was untimely ripped. The study skins were soaked in a boat accident. To save them I removed the body stuffing and tried to dry them, afraid they would rot in the tropical heat. An example is the Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhyhchus mexicanus) skin, serviceable for study but empty of stuffing. The circumstances are thus. The Vertebrate Paleontology Museum and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology together mounted an expedition to El Salvador in 1941-1942. It was led by Dr. R. A. Stirton from Paleo, who had accompanied Adrian van Rossem on an earlier expedition throughout El Salvador for the Dickey Collection in Pasadena. By January or early February of 1942 we arrived at the Olomega Rail Station for six weeks of collecting in the tropical deciduous forest on the far (south and west) side of the lake. Stirt arranged with the local fishermen to take us across the lake to a farmhouse, part of which (including the shaded porch) was rented from a hospitable farmer. In six or perhaps nine or a dozen huge dugout canoes we crossed the lake with our gear. At the farm house, Stirt paid off the boatmen and arranged for them to paddle us back in six weeks. As an afterthought, he called them back and paid them for that future return trip—apparently so he would not have to interrupt his geology work by returning. Stirt and Bill Gealey (geology) then trekked down river to the coast, returned in a couple of weeks, and went to another part of the country. On the appointed day of return, only one canoe showed up. The boatmen had long since spent their money and had lost interest in us. The one boatman took the personnel across to the station and then went back, presumably to make numerous trips to take our gear and specimens, packed carefully into the prefab pine boxes used by Paleo. But no! Just at sunset the canoe hove into view with all the boxes piled on. Just at the edge of the lake it tipped over, and as the load was carted to the station we could see water sluicing out of some of the boxes. One was a bird box, which I immediately opened and started taking cotton out of the few skins that were already soaked. The six weeks at Lake Olomega were most interesting zoologically. The personnel I remember being there were Milton Hildebrand (mammals), John Davis (herps), Joe Marshall (birds, with emphasis on complete skeletons), John Tucker (botany), and Nate Geer (cook). Old Nate was Stirt's uncle. We scraped aside our skinning tools, formalin, sawdust, and arsenic from the porch table when Nate brought out the meals. Milt Hildebrand kept a photographic history, especially of habitats, from start to finish of the expedition. Lake Olomega, the stream, deciduous forest, swamp forest, and lovely spring at the base of the nearby mountains teemed with wildlife. There were spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi), Jabirus (Jabiru mycteria), and King Vultures (Sarcoramphus papa). The lake was full of birds, mostly big ones. Wild Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) males came into the farmyard to mate with the domestic Muscovy females. On my birthday, 15 February, I hired a boatman to paddle me on the lake, and I shot a wretched excess of specimens. Davis and Hildebrand pitched in and helped me save them. We wore greasemonkey coveralls as protection from ticks and their larvae. The seed ticks started as a spot on the pant leg if you brushed against vegetation, and this pod quickly grew as the thousands looked for a way to get at the skin, where they would burrow in and die. We carried twig whips to beat them off our clothes. Iguanas had the strange habit, when startled by our walking the trail beneath them, of doing a loud belly-flop onto the trail—like a gun shot, then running off. The day Stirt and Gealey returned from the coast, I had shot a crested forest eagle [probably Ornate Hawk Eagle, Spizaetus ornatus, ed.] above the spring that I could not find. Stirt went with me, and I pointed the exact direction it had flown. Stirt plunged into the dense woods, ticks and all, and came back with the gorgeous specimen, smelling of skunk—their favorite food. It turned out later that day that Hildebrand had a skunk in a trap at the spring. By late May 1942 we were all back in Berkeley, where Dr. Alden H. Miller generously arranged a curatorial assistantship for me to fill until I got drafted. Why did I not restuff the specimens at that time? I am clueless. Perhaps they had not yet arrived, as they had to be shipped overland on account of war danger at sea. I did, however, write up the Salvadoran bird novelties (Marshall 1943) for The Condor, which means that they must have arrived before I was drafted in November 1942. Things happened for me in that period after returning from El Salvador. Introduced to Elsie Rader by Paul Illg on a blind date, I married her on 19 August 1942 at the San Francisco Courthouse after a whirlwind, three-week courtship. Illg was best man. Dr. E. Raymond Hall thought I shouldn't rush. Mrs. Hilda Wood Grinnell had Don Hoffmeister take her car with me and our suitcases over to the Shaw Hotel in San Francisco. Elsie and I rented a little apartment on Eddy Street overlooking a park; she continued work at the Civil Service Commission and I commuted to MVZ daily on the Big Red Train into November."
  6. The American Ornithologists' Union was founded in the fall of 1883, and its origins are of genuine and relevant interest as we discuss the proposed Society for Ornithology. The best account I have read is Chapter XVII in Cutright & Brodhead's (1981) Elliott Coues:Naturalist and Frontier Historian (a book I would recommend). I attach this chapter for the interested reader (there is more of interest in other chapters, but this covers the basics). Regards, K. Coues and the AOU from Cutright and Brodhead 1981.pdf
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