The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge houses two biological
collections cataloging biodiversity of the western Kenai Peninsula. The entomology collection (international
collection coden: KNWR) currently includes over 7,000 databased specimens/lots,
mostly insects collected as part of the Refuge’s Long Term Ecological
Monitoring Program. The herbarium
contains over 200 plant specimens, including many older specimens from the
1950s and 1960s.
Our collection data are managed on Arctos and are searchable via
an entomology collection
portal, an herbarium
portal, and through GBIF. Genetic data (DNA barcodes) from KNWR
specimens are posted on BOLD and GenBank.
Loans of KNWR specimens for research purposes are
encouraged. Since most KNWR arthropod specimens
are eventually to be deposited at the University of Alaska Museum, please refer to the UAM entomology
collection loan policy for general loan guidelines. Loan requests should be sent to:
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 2139
Soldotna, AK 99669 USAmatt_bowser@fws.gov
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