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Information Requests

The Bird Division makes available to researchers and others information about specimens in the collection. Information is available through the Collection Manager and the Curators.

Our specimen data are maintained in a Specify database and searchable on Vertnet. The computerization project has been supported by the National Science Foundation. All information on species identification, locality, sex, age, date of collection, collector name, measurements, plumage notes, and other associated data including photos are available to the public through VertNet.

Requests for information should be addressed to the Collection Manager or to a Curator. The collection manager and curators can examine specimens for information confirmation on request. Information can be provided in the form of a printout, on disk (ASCII, Excel, etc.), or as e-mail attachments (Please specify format). Janet Hinshaw (, Collection Manager.