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MABA Collections

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Ajos-Bavispe National Forest and Wildlife Refuge

The Ajos-Bavispe National Forest and Wildlife Refuge in Sonora, Mexico is comprised of 456,382 acres of oak woodland and pine-oak habitat. Three park units protect parts of the Sierra los Ajos, Sierra Madera, and the El Tigre mountain ranges. This refuge is managed by Mexico's National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas). Records within this dataset are provided by CONANP biologist who manage the reserve and many are collected using remote cameras.
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Archbold Biological Station

Contact: Reed Bowman (datamanager@archbold-station.org)
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Arizona State Bird Collection

The Bird Collection is made up of museum skins and a few taxidermy-mounted specimens. It consists of around 500 registered specimens; additional specimens await registration. A teaching collection is housed separately. The bulk of the specimens are from Arizona, with some Neotropical representation as well. The specimen catalog of birds is on paper, though an electronic database is in development.
Contact: Charlotte Johnston (charlotte.johnston@asu.edu)


Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection

The ASU Frank F. Hasbrouck Insect Collection contains approximately 700,000 insect specimens, representing at least 25 orders, 390 families, 3,500 genera, 8,800 species and 1,240 subspecies. Most specimens are from the southwestern United States; however considerable representative material is also available from other North American regions and Mexico. The collection was largely developed through the activities of past faculty - Drs. Frank Hasbrouck, Gordon Castle and Mont Cazier - and their students. An extensive reprint collection is available to visiting researchers. For further information and to arrange a visit or loan, please contact Curator Dr. Nico Franz (nico.franz[at]asu.edu) or Collection Manager Dr. Sangmi Lee (slee281[at]asu.edu).
Contact: Nico Franz, Sangmi Lee (nico.franz@asu.edu, slee281@asu.edu)


Arizona State University Herpetology Collection

Contact: Charlotte Johnston (charlotte.johnston@asu.edu)


Arizona State University Herpetology Photo Observations

Contact: Charlotte Johnston (charlotte.johnston@asu.edu)


Arizona State University Ichthyology Collection

Contact: Charlotte Johnston (charlotte.johnston@asu.edu)
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Arizona State University Mammal Collection

The Mammal Collection consists of around 9,000 museum mounts of mammal skins and skulls as well as some taxidermy-mounted heads of some larger mammals. The research collection represents the second-largest mammal collection in Arizona. A teaching collection is housed separately. The specimen catalog of mammals is maintained on paper, but are being newly digitized as of August, 2014, and onwards.
Contact: Charlotte Johnston (charlotte.johnston@asu.edu)


Brigham Young University Mammal Collection

Geographic representation: Emphasis in the Great Basin (especially Utah and Nevada) and Mexico.

Accredited by the American Society of Mammalogists (1991)

The collection includes skins, skulls, skeleton, tissue slides, paraffin tissue blocks, and trophies. It also houses the collection that was formerly at Utah State University as well as a portion of the University of Illinois Museum of Natural History collection (specimens from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Mexico).
Contact: Duke S. Rogers - Curator of Mammals (Duke_Rogers@byu.edu)

Cal Poly Vertebrate Collection

Aryan Roest Mammal Collection: The collection includes over 2,300 skins, skulls, mounted specimens and frozen tissues of mammals. Representation is mostly of local species, with a survey of animals from all over the world. The collection is used in teaching Mammalogy, Vertebrate Natural History, and Vertebrate Field Zoology classes. The collection is available for use by the scientific community as well as for advanced studies on selected species. Birds: The collection includes nearly 2,000 preserved specimens representing many of the orders of North American birds, 200 species from the western United States, and most of the North American families. The collection is used in teaching Ornithology, Vertebrate Field Zoology and Vertebrate Natural History. Reptile and Amphibian Collection: The department has a modest collection of preserved amphibians and reptiles from the California's Central Coast. The preserved specimens are available for research upon request.
Contact: John Perrine, Curator of Mammals and Birds (jperrine@calpoly.edu)
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Central Michigan University Museum of Cultural and Natural History Mammal Collection

The Natural History collections at Central Michigan University's Museum of Cultural and Natural History consist of a wide range of representative species typically found in the Great Lakes region. The collection consists predominantly of Michigan vertebrates, with smaller invertebrate collections representation, amassed over the last 50 years. The vertebrate component consists of representative mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, while the majority of the invertebrate collections are insects. These collections support the educational and research efforts of CMU students and faculty members, as well as any interested researchers. The mammal collection includes nearly all currently recognized species from Michigan, as well as complimentary species from throughout the United States. Most specimens are prepared as study skins, but there are several taxidermied mounts and skeletons available for examination
Contact: Kirsten Nicholson (nicho2ke@cmich.edu)


Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad

La Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Conabio) es una comisión intersecretarial, creada en 1992 con carácter de permanente. El Presidente de la Comisión es el titular del Ejecutivo Federal, C. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa. El Secretario Técnico es el titular de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat), C. Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada y participan los titulares de nueve secretarías más: Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (Sagarpa), Desarrollo Social (Sedesol), Economía (SE), Educación Pública (SEP), Energía (Sener), Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP), Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), Salud (SSA) y Turismo (Sectur).
Contact: CONABIO (servext@conabio.gob.mx)


Eastern Kentucky University Herpetological Collection

Herpetofaunal specimens collected in Kentucky and surrounding areas.
Contact: Stephen C. Richter, PhD (stephen.richter@eku.edu)


Eastern Kentucky University Ichthyology Collection

Fish specimens collected in Kentucky and surrounding areas.
Contact: Sherry Harrel (Sherry.Harrel@EKU.EDU)


Eastern Kentucky University Mammal Collection

Mammal specimens collected in Kentucky and surrounding areas.
Contact: Stephen C. Richter, PhD (stephen.richter@eku.edu)



Contact: Brian Sullivan (bls42@cornell.edu)

General Research Observations

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James Madison University Vertebrate Collection

The JMU Natural History Collection comprises fluid and dry specimens of mammals, birds, fishes, amphibians and reptiles. Many of our specimens are teaching (no data) specimens, but we have a small collection of birds, herps, and fishes primarily from Virginia with data back to the 1970’s.
Contact: Dr. David S. McLeod (mcleodds@jmu.edu)
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Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment Observations

Sky Island Alliance's MABA project is a visionary initiative to catalog, protect, and restore one of the world's premier biodiversity hotspots. Over the next few years we will inventory the wildlands and wildlife of the Sonoran Sky Islands — a region of incredible biological wealth — while implementing community-based conservation, restoration and education activities that are key to the integrity of natural and human environments.
Contact: Thomas R. Van Devender (yecora4@comcast.net)


Madrean Discovery Expeditions

Contact: Thomas Van Devender (yecora4@comcast.net)

Mountain Lake Biological Station

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Museo de Zoología, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

The Zoology Museum of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras was initiated in the early 1960’s. It is a repository of animals containing approximately 60,000 specimens, primarily from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Most important current holdings include Puerto Rican amphibians and reptiles, marine mammal bones, mollusks, millipedes, and arachnids. The Zoology Museum is a public resource facility that is available to the academic community and the general public. For loans or for individuals or groups that are interested in visiting, please contact Dr. James D. Ackerman, Director (ackerman.upr[at]gmail.com), or Mr. Mahmoud Aboukheir, Collections Manager (museozoologiauprrp[at]gmail.com). Special arrangements can be made for off-island visitors.
Contact: James D. Ackerman (museozoologiauprrp@gmail.com)


Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Mammal Collection

Mammal collection housed at The Rocky Mountain Bioloagical Laboratory. Most specimens are student preparations from Mammalogy course taught at RMBL since ca. 1949.
Contact: C.F. Rick Williams, Curator (willcha2@isu.edu)


Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History - Herpetology collection

The Herpetology collection currently contains nearly 52,000 cataloged specimens of amphibians and reptiles. A large proportion of the collection is composed of amphibians and reptiles from the United States (46 states are represented), and many of these species are from the Southern Plains and Oklahoma. Approximately 60% (~31,000 specimens) of the collection is made up of Oklahoma specimens, making it the largest repository of Oklahoma reptiles. The collection also contains specimens from a total of 50 countries, with relatively large numbers from Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, and Egypt. An early collection of specimens is from the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.
Contact: Cameron Siler (camsiler@ou.edu)


Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History - Ornithology

The SNOMNH bird collection was established at the time of origin of the Museum in 1899. While two fires in the Museum (the last in 1918) destroyed the bird collection existing then, the collection subsequently has been developed into one of significant local, regional, and international importance. It is one of the largest in the central United States. Also associated with the bird collection is an extensive library of books and journals.
Contact: Matthew Miller (mjmiller@ou.edu)


Sky Island Alliance Wildlife Linkages

In 2001, Sky Island Alliance developed a citizen science project that uses animal track and sign identification surveys to monitor at-risk wildlife linkages (animal movement corridors) throughout southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. This effort became the Wildlife Linkages Program, which aims to protect and advocate for an interconnected landscape where wildlife, based on their ecological needs, can move easily between core habitats, the Sky Island mountain ranges.
Contact: jessica@skyislandalliance.org (jessica@skyislandalliance.org)


Tall Timbers Research Station - Mammals

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Tall Timbers Research Station - Ornithology

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University of Arizona Bird Collection

The University of Arizona's Bird Collection containing over 18,000 cataloged specimens is the largest bird collection in the state. The Museum maintains a traditional study skin collection as well as a wing and tail, skeletal, and nest and egg collection. Originally begun in 1884 by Arizona resident Herbert Brown, the bird collection has seen periodic growth over time due to the efforts of some of the nation's best ornithologists. The Bird Collection remains dedicated to preserving the treasures of the region, while also promoting education and awareness to the public.
Contact: George Bradley (gbradley@email.arizona.edu)


University of Arizona Herpetology Collection

The University of Arizona Museum of Natural History (UAZ), Herpetology Collection presently houses over 57,000 cataloged amphibian and reptile specimens. The holdings for this Legacy Collection are international in scope, spanning forty-six countries from six continents, and include material from forty-six U.S. states and territories, as well as thirty Mexican states. Other regions with coverage include Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Malaysia, and the Middle East. The principal strength of this collection, however, resides in extensive holdings from the Southwestern United States, and Northern Mexico. Approximently 70% of our specimens are from the States of Arizona, USA and Sonora, Mexico, making this assemblage one of the premiere regional collections in the country, and the single most important herpetological collection covering this extremely diverse and important biological realm. The bulk of our holdings are formalin-fixed and preserved in isopropyl alcohol (33% for amphibians and 55% for reptiles), but the collection also includes osteological preparations, dehydrated specimens, photographic specimen vouchers (PSV), formalin preserved amphibian larvae, cleared and stained material, and a small but growing tissue collection. These collections are maintained by Collections Manager George Bradley. Any inquiries or comments should be directed to him. Full contact information is available at the bottom of this page. At present, approximately 240 species of amphibians from 3 Orders, 24 Families, and 66 Genera, as well as 637 species of reptiles from 3 Orders, 35 Families, and 258 Genera are represented. Taxonomically, the collection has several important strengths. The collection possesses one of the largest and most diverse assemblages of the Teiid genus Cnemidophorus (Aspidoscelis in part) available with 8,860 specimens distributed in 35 species. Our holdings of the Family Xantusiidae demonstrate another strength, where 11 speci
Contact: George Bradley (gbradley@email.arizona.edu)


University of Arizona Mammal Collection

The Mammal Collection contains over 25,000 specimens including skins and skeletons. Its main geographic coverage is Arizona and Sonora but there is also broad, worldwide representation at the family level. This is the largest mammal collection in the state, and it has ranked 21st in size among all North American collections of Recent mammals. The Mammal Collection was built by several individuals starting with Herbert Brown around the turn of the century. In particular, Emeritus Professor Lendell Cockrum was its main developer and he continues to be actively interested in the collection. Dr. Michael Nachman is the Curator of Mammalogy and Dr. Yar Petryszyn is Collection Manager.
Contact: Yar Petryszyn (yar-petryszyn@ns.arizona.edu)
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University of Central Oklahoma Collection of Vertebrates

The UCO mammal collection consists of over 7,000 skins, skulls, alcohol-preserved specimens, taxidermy mounts, skeletal material and plaster casts of tracks. The collection emphasis is mammals of Oklahoma.
Contact: Lynda Loucks (lloucks@uco.edu)


University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

Contact: Douglas W. Nelson (dwnelson@umich.edu)
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