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    Richard C. Banks
    Emeritus Research Zoologist, USGS

  • Phone: (202) 633-0783
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  • E-mail:banksr[at]

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    USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
    c/o Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 111
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Division of Birds
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0116

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B.S. Ohio State University (1953). Wildlife Conservation
M.A. University of California, Berkeley (1958). Zoology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (1961). Zoology

Research Interests

Current research interests: continue to work on long term study of white-fronted geese. Work has already begun on the next Supplement. Dick hopes to prepare some accounts of geographic variation for the next edition of the Check-list. With Roger Clapp, Richard hopes to finish editing the species accounts for the book on breeding birds of Virginia.

Recent Publications

Chesser, R. Terry, Banks, Richard C., Burns, Kevin J., Cicero, Carla, Dunn, Jon L., Kratter, Andrew W., Lovette, Irby J., Navarro-Sig├╝enza, Adolfo G., Rasmussen, Pamela C., Remsen, J. V., Rising, James D., Stotz, Douglas F. and Winker, Kevin 2015. Fifty-sixth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union: Check-list of North American Birds. The Auk, 132(3): 748-764. doi:10.1642/AUK-15-73.1

Complete List of Banks' Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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