University of Alaska Museum (UAM) Bird specimens (Arctos) for GGBN

Latest version published by University of Alaska Museum of the North on Sep 17, 2020 University of Alaska Museum of the North

With emphasis on the birds of northwesternmost North America, including taxa endemic to Beringia and the circumpolar North, the Bird Collection is the best in existence of avian material from Alaska. Almost all bird species and subspecies known in Alaska are represented and are preserved primarily as skins, skeletons, and tissues. The collection consists of over 30,000 birds. Most recent preparations include skin, partial skeleton, tissue, and stomach samples for each individual. Tissues are part of the Genomic Resources Collection. Specimens are regularly loaned for scientific research. Specimen loan policies and a summary database are available for interested researchers. Taxonomy: Most recent orders of birds, constituting ~140 families, ~800 genera and nearly 2,000 species. We hold specimen material for over 90% of the 619 species and subspecies of birds known to occur in Alaska. Geography: Global in extent with strongest representation coming from Alaska and places where migratory Alaska birds winter.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 22,641 records. 5 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
  • Permit 
  • MaterialSample 
  • Preparation 
  • ResourceRelationship 
  • Amplification 

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 22,641 records in English (4 MB) - Update frequency: monthly
Metadata as an EML file download in English (7 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

University of Alaska Museum Bird Collection (UAM), University of Alaska Fairbanks


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GBIF Registration

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Occurrence; Specimen; Specimen


Who created the resource:

John Wieczorek
Information Architect
VertNet 8401 Bariloche Río Negro AR

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Kevin Winker
Curator of Birds
University of Alaska Museum
Jack Withrow
University of Alaska Museum

Who filled in the metadata:

Kyndall Hildebrandt
Genomic Resources Collection Manager
University of Alaska Museum 907 Yukon Drive 99775-6960 Fairbanks AK US (907) 474-6914

Who else was associated with the resource:

John Wieczorek
Information Architect
VertNet 8401 Bariloche Río Negro AR
Point Of Contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer

Geographic Coverage


Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Collection Data

Collection Name University of Alaska Museum (UAM) Bird specimens
Collection Identifier UAM:Bird
Parent Collection Identifier UAM

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers