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Biodiversity Heritage Library joins the Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 The Biodiversity Heritage Library, headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, has joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility as an associate participant. GBIF operates through a network of global nodes to develop and maintain an open data infrastructure for sharing digital biodiversity data. As an associate participant, BHL will encourage open access and use of biodiversity data among its stakeholders and actively participate in the implementation of the GBIF Work Programme. Read More...

Smithsonian Libraries Unveils “Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America”

Friday, June 20, 2014 Once an amazing diversity of birds—some in breathtaking abundance—inhabited the vast forests and plains of North America. But starting around 1600, some species began to disappear as humans altered habitats, over-hunted and introduced predators. Read More...

Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds Washington University as New Member

WUSTL Logo Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, welcomes Washington University Libraries (St. Louis, Missouri) as a new member. The 14th member of the BHL consortium, Washington University Libraries will help identify and digitize historical science literature from its collections and add these to the BHL’s online holdings, where all materials may be accessed free by the public.

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Smithsonian Indoor and Outdoor Exhibits Showcase Extinct Birds

Great Auk Tuesday, March 25, 2014 The Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens will present “The Lost Bird Project,” an exhibit by artist Todd McGrain, March 27 through March 15, 2015. This project recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds that have been driven to extinction. It will feature large-scale bronze sculptures of the Carolina parakeet, the Labrador duck, the great auk, the heath hen and the passenger pigeon. Read More...

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