Pelagic Chicks
This Flickr set documents field work completed for the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP), 1961-1973. The Program deployed over 40 Smithsonian Institution employees to conduct biological surveys of plants and animals that occurred on the islands and atolls. A major focus was determining migration, distribution, and populations of seabirds.

These images were selected from a series of photographs taken by program staff to document development of the various pelagic birds studied on Kiritimati Island and Kure Atoll.

To learn more about the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, please reference the finding aid for the archival collection: Smithsonian Institution Record Unit 245.

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