University of Nebraska State Museum Birds Collection

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The collection of birds consists of over 13,000 specimens inclusive of early oological collections (1,400 egg sets) and more recent skeletal material (4,000 specimens). Early UNSM birds contain specimens from the 1870s and into the early 1900s that are primarily from Nebraska, Mexico, and Central America. They include birds collected by M.A. Carriker and J.T. Zimmer while students at Nebraska. Lawrence Bruner, head of the Department of Entomology and Ornithology, collected specimens from Argentina and Mexico primarily for exhibits. Myron Swenk oversaw the collection from 1900 until 1940, and his "Birds and Mammals of Nebraska" (1920) was largely based on specimens in the Museum. "The Birds of Nebraska" (2001) has roots in these collections and continues with the "Birds of Nebraska - Online". Collections currently grow primarily through salvage.

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University of Nebraska State Museum Bird Collection (UNSM)


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Occurrence; Specimen


Thomas Labedz
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collection Manager
Division of Zoology, University of Nebraska State Museum
645 N 14th St
68588-0338 Lincoln
+01 402-472-8366
Robert Zink
  • Point Of Contact
Division of Zoology, University of Nebraska State Museum
645 N 14th St
68588-0338 Lincoln
+01 612-590-4215
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect

Geographic Coverage

Primarily Nebraska collections (8,215) and the central United States, but also with many specimens from California (685) and other states. Some collections from Central and South America. Minor collections from elsewhere in the world.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-57.327, -175.781], North East [73.227, -28.125]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class Aves (Birds)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1854-01-01 / 2021-01-01

Additional Metadata