USNM Curators Annual Reports - Department of Birds, January - June 1886

About the Project

Almost a century before the United States passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973, Robert Ridgway was concerned about one of a kind species. Beyond the captivating coral reefs and rainforests, there are endangered species of birds found only on Madagascar. In 1886, Ridgway noted that the Madagascar bird collection at the United States National Museum was one of its Department of Birds' most important collections. Please join us in transcribing Ridgway’s report and explore how a collection comes together with contributions from various people, organizations, and locations.

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