Feather Expert Roxie Laybourne

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Category
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
This image found in Smithsonian Institution Research Reports Spring 1990.
For more images of Roxie Laybourne, see SIA2009-2205, SIA2010-0575, SIA2010-0580, SIA2010-0639, SIA2014-07398, SIA2014-07403, SIA2014-07404, SIA2014-07405, SIA2014-07406, SIA2014-07407, SIA2014-07411, SIA2014-07413, SIA2014-07417, SIA2014-07421, SIA2014-07431, SIA2014-07434, SIA2014-07441, SIA2014-07442, and SIA2014-07448.
Summary
Feather expert Roxie Laybourne examines one of the many feathers that arrive at her office. Tucked away in a small office in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Laybourne is the world's leading expert on feather identification. She first began work at the Smithsonian in 1944.
Roxie C. Laybourne originated the science of forensic ornithology. Often called the "feather detective," Laybourne used feathers to identify bird-strike accidents in military and commercial aircraft, to solve crimes for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to identify feathers unearthed by archeologists, and to recognize species of endangered, poached, or illegally killed birds.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-016, Box 1, Folder: Photos/No. 60 Spring 1990
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic
Birds
Women
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Ornithologists
Ornithology
Forensic sciences
Zoologists
Specimens
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Restrictions & Rights
No restrictions
Author
Minor-Penland, Laurie
Subject
Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Zoology
Department of Zoology (USNM)
United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds
Physical description
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
1990
Type
Photographic print
Person, candid
Standard number
SIA2009-2205