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Specimen Record

ContinentNorth America
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceWashington
County/ParishKing
LocalityDumas Bay County Park, Federal Way
Latitude47.3275994
Longitude-122.380957
Institution CodeWfvz
Collection CodeEggs
Catalog Number158631
Collected ByDonald M. Norman
Date Collected1988-05-06

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Eggs:
The WFVZ houses approximately 225,000 sets of eggs (equal to more than 1,000,000 individual eggs), representing at least 4,000 bird species from around the world, and collected from more than 400 individual and institutional collections. The egg collection of the WFVZ is the largest in the world.

The Western Foundation’s collections have contributed to multiple scientific fields (e.g., conservation, ecology, taxonomy, and toxicology). For example, the WFVZ provided photocopies of egg records for more than 500 species, and egg measurements for more than 400 species, covered by the Birds of North America series. This information and digital pictures of these eggs and nests are now available at www.birds.cornell.edu/birdsofna. The Foundation’s egg sets have also figured prominently in studies of eggshell thinning due to contaminants (e.g., DDT and heavy metals). Since 2000 alone, the WFVZ has contributed data to more than 200 publications. Thus, the value of the WFVZ’s collections for science, and for the conservation of bird species, continues to be evidenced.

Staff of the WFVZ provide data on eggs, including measurements and digital images, to researchers. Please contact René Corado, Collections Manager, for more information, and see our list of services available to researchers.

Nests:
The Foundation has more than 18,000 specimens from around the world, representing the largest collection of nests in North America and the world.

WFVZ pictures of the nests of North American breeding bird species are available at www.birds.cornell.edu/birdsofna, or researchers can contact us for particular digital images.

Skins:
The WFVZ houses more than 56,000 study skin specimens representing over 100 countries, with the largest numbers of specimens from the United States (>12,900), Mexico (>12,600), Malaysia (>4,400), Costa Rica (>4,000), and Ecuador (>3,800). The skin collection is at least the 16th largest among North American collections.

The primary sources for specimens currently are wildlife rehabilitation organizations; wildlife research agencies; birds killed by cats, window strikes, and car impacts; and the Foundation’s own field research projects. Materials are consistently acquired by the Western Foundation and used by researchers, educators, scientific artists, and other museums. In addition, materials are used in educational tours and presentations for the general public, both at the Foundation and at outside events.

Skin loans are made to qualified researchers.

Contacts

Name René Corado
RoleCollections Manager
Emailrene@wfvz.org
Name Linnea Hall
RoleExecutive Director
Emaillinnea@wfvz.org
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Taxonomy
Scientific NameArdea herodias
Higher ClassficationArdeidae
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAves
OrderPelecaniformes
FamilyArdeidae
GenusArdea
Specific Epithetherodias
Infraspecific Epithetfannini
Taxon Ranksubspecies
Nomenclatural CodeICZN
Vernacular NameGreat Blue Heron
Specimen
Catalog Number158631
Other Catalog NumbersSet Mark: CES 4-6
Preparationsflat skin
Institution CodeWFVZ
Collection CodeEggs
Occurrence IDurn:catalog:WFVZ:Eggs:158631
Basis of RecordPreservedSpecimen
Type of ResourcePhysicalObject
Collection Event
Collected ByDonald M. Norman
Date Collected1988-05-06
Year1988
Month5
Day6
Start Day of Year127
End Day of Year127
Locality
CountryUnited States
Country CodeUS
State / ProvinceWashington
CountyKing
Higher Geography| USA | Washington | King | | | |
ContinentNorth America
LocalityDumas Bay County Park, Federal Way
Verbatim LocalityUSA | Washington | King | Dumas Bay County Park, Federal Way
Decimal Latitude47.3275994
Decimal Longitude-122.380957
Georeference ProtocolVertNet Georeferencing Guidelines
Coordinate Uncertainty In Meters813
Geodetic DatumWGS84
Georeferenced ByGary Shugart (PSM)
Georeferenced Date2008-07-20
Other
Languageen
Modified2015-10-18
IDurn:catalog:WFVZ:Eggs:158631
dcterms:referenceshttp://portal.vertnet.org/o/wfvz/eggs?id=158631
dcterms:accessRightshttp://vertnet.org/resources/norms.html
dwc:establishmentMeansnative
dwc:occurrenceStatuspresent
dwc:georeferenceVerificationStatusverified by curator
dwc:georeferenceSourcesGNIS latlong download Oct 07 for placename, some adjusted in BioGeomancer, if offset, calculated air mi from placename latlong
dcterms:licensehttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0
dwc:institutionIDurn:lsid:biocol.org:col:34967
dwc:verbatimCoordinateSystemdecimal degrees
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