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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Birds

Labrador Duck
Labrador Duck
Christina Gebhard © Smithsonian Institution
Preserving Tissue Samples
Tockus erythrorhynchus (Red-billed Hornbill)
Brian Schmidt © Smithsonian Institution
  • Loan or destructive sampling requests (written on letterhead stationery) should be addressed to Drs. Helen James or Gary Graves; requests concerning North American species should be addressed to Drs. Terry Chesser or Mercedes Foster.
  • Visitor information or collection management questions should be addressed to Brian Schmidt or Terry Chesser.
  • Information on collection holdings should be addressed to ContactSmithBirds[at]si.edu or Craig Ludwig. Please send your request to a single staff person to avoid duplication of effort.
  • Library reference questions may also be addressed by the Vertebrate Zoology Librarian.
  • For information on other staff members, visit the Bird Staff Page

*Please contact staff before shipping packages and/or loan returns.*

Bird Division staff can be reached by US mail:

Division of Birds
Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
National Museum of Natural History
Room E 607, MRC 116
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Phone: (202) 633-0800
Fax: (202) 633-8084

UPS/FedEx and freight deliveries use:

Division of Birds
Smithsonian Institution
Room E 607, MRC 116
National Museum of Natural History
1000 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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