UAM Bird Collection (Arctos)

Latest version published by University of Alaska Museum of the North on Apr 12, 2024 University of Alaska Museum of the North

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The UAM Bird Collection emphasizes the birds of northwesternmost North America, including taxa endemic to Beringia and the circumpolar North, and is the best in existence for avian material from Alaska. The collection consists of over 30,000 birds. Almost all bird species and subspecies known to occur in Alaska are represented and are preserved primarily as skins, skeletons, and tissues. Most recent preparations include skin, partial skeleton, tissue, and stomach samples for each individual. Tissues are part of the UAM Genomic Resources Collection. Specimens are regularly loaned for scientific research. Specimen loan policies and a summary database are available for interested researchers. Arctos has a "storefront" subset of data in the UAM Bird Collection, and we are in the process of porting over the rest.

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 32,720 records.

1 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)

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.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

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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The publisher and rights holder of this work is University of Alaska Museum of the North. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 4852540d-afd1-4678-bd20-4aac28f65e2d.  University of Alaska Museum of the North publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Kevin Winker
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Birds
University of Alaska Museum
907 Yukon Drive
99775-6960 Fairbanks
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Dusty McDonald
  • Point Of Contact
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum
Jack Withrow
  • Point Of Contact
Collection Manager, Birds
University of Alaska Museum
907 Yukon Drive
99775-6960 Fairbanks

Geographic Coverage

The UAM bird collection is global, with strongest representation coming from Alaska and places where migratory Alaska birds winter.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

The UAM bird collection is taxonomically synoptic and includes most recent orders of birds, with approximately 140 families, 800 genera, and nearly 2,000 species. The collection holds specimen material for over 90% of the 619 species and subspecies of birds known to occur in Alaska.

Class Aves

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1880 to present

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 4852540d-afd1-4678-bd20-4aac28f65e2d