AVECOL

Sponsored by the

Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University

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Useful messages from AVECOL

(scroll down for useful pdfs related to collecting and collections)

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Defense of collecting specimens

¥ Cooper's Hawk predation (Ned Johnson)
¥ Collecting handout (Sievert Rohwer)
¥ graph of mortality sources in birds (thanks to Gary Shugart)

(scroll down for useful pdfs related to collecting and collections)

 

Supplies


¥ auxillary barrels (Kevin Winker, Gerald Braden)
¥ cabinets (Andy Johnson, James Dean)
¥ cabinet paper (James Dean, Kevin Winker)
¥ egg boxes (Janet Hinshaw, John Gerwin, Sam Sumida)
¥ scales (James Dean)
¥ shot (Brian Schmidt, Steve Cardiff)
¥ skinning cotton (Walt Sakai, Janet Hinshaw, Cindy Ramotnik, RenŽ Corado, Brian Schmidt, Paul Sweet)
¥ specimen tubes (John Gerwin, Tom Erdman, Chris Wood)

 

Misc.

¥ download World Anatomical Inventories (from 1980s); scroll to "Skeletal and Fluid Preserved Material" (Shannon Hackett)
¥ link to Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research (1997, The Ornithological Council

¥ arsenic on old skins (Angelo Capparella, James Dean, Brian Gill)
¥ freeze drying (Tony Irwin)
¥ "no pest" strips (Sam Sumida)
¥ West Nile Virus (David Mindell)
¥ When is a specimen not worth keeping? (Kevin Winker, Paul Sweet)

¥ Index to Zimmer's "Studies of Peruvian Birds" (by Morris Williams, courtesy Paul Sweet)

 ¥ response to American Bird Conservancy anti-collecting propaganda

Logistics/Techniques


¥ photographing specimens (Sam Sumida)
¥ relaxing skins/mounts (Steve Rogers)
¥ repairing old and damaged skins (Johannes Erritzoe, Katrina Cook, Gary Shugart, Sam Sumida, Irene Torres)

¥ moving a collection: from Sam Sumida (WFVZ)
¥ moving a collection: from Tony Irwin

¥ freezing specimens to kill pests (Brian Schmidt, Janet Hinshaw)

 

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Useful papers in pdf form relevant to collections and their importance
(further contributions welcomed)

 

Defense of collecting specimens and importance of research collections:


¥ Cuervo et al. (2006) Ornitolog’a Colombiana (pdf file)
¥ Winker et al. paper (1991) Loon (pdf file)
¥ Remsen (1995) Bird Conservation Intl. (pdf file)
¥ Remsen (1991) Ecolog’a en Bolivia [defense of collecting, in Spanish] (pdf file)
¥ Winker (1996) Conservation Biology (pdf file)
¥ Winker et al. on vouchers (1996) Ibis (pdf file)
¥ Sheldon & Dittmann on tissue collections (pdf file) [
SHELDON, F. H., & D. L. DITTMANN. 1997. The value of vertebrate tissue collections in applied and basic science. Pp. 163-174 in K. E. Hoagland and A. Y. Rossman (eds.), Global Genetic Resources: Access, Ownership, and Intellectual Property Rights. Association of Systematics Collections, Washington, D.C.]
¥ Winker (1997) Conservation Biology (pdf file)
¥ Remsen (1997) Bird Conservation Intl. (pdf file)
¥ Remsen (1993) Birding [on collecting vagrants] (pdf file)
¥ Cotterill (1999) Taxon (pdf file)
¥ Cotterill (2002) Simposio (pdf file) [
COTTERILL, F.P.D. (2002) The future of Natural Science Collections into the 21st Century. Conferencia de Clausura. Actas del I Simposio sobre el Patrimonio Natural en las Colecciones Pœblicas en Espa–a (Vitoria, 25 - 27 Septiembre 2001). Departamento de Cultura, Diputaci—n Foral de Alava. Vitoria. pp. 237-282.]
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Sheldon (2001) on tissue collections (pdf file)
¥ Payne & Sorenson (2003): "Museum collections as sources for genetic data," Bonner zool. Beitr. (pdf file)

¥ Gaunt et al. (2005): "New directions for bioacoustic collections," Auk (pdf file)

¥ Kiff (2005): "History, present status, and future prospects of avian eggshell collections in North America," Auk (pdf file)

¥ Winker (2004): "Natural history museums in a postbiodiversity era," BioScience (pdf file)

¥ Winker (2005): "Bird collections: development and use of a scientific resource," Auk (pdf file)

¥ Corado (2005): "The importance of information on specimen labels," Ornitologia Neotropical (pdf file)

 

Museum techniques etc.

¥ specimen preparation (Winker 2000 JFO) (pdf)

¥ Ildiko SzaboÕs website at Beatty Biodiversity Museum, UBC (for all sorts of great stuff on preparing and using specimens)