BCoN Survey: Operational Status, Economic Impacts, and Plans for Re-Opening Natural History Collections

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) is working to help the scientific and natural history collections/museum community understand how COVID-19 related economic disruptions are affecting research, education, specimen and data management and care, institutional administration, and other factors.  Results of a community survey of collections professionals were shared recently. BCoN continues to track impacts to natural history collection institutions and the people who care for and use these scientific resources. 

Individuals are invited to share information about their institutions operating status – plans to re-open, operational status and limitations, closures, staff furloughs and Reductions in Force, program closures or terminations, and other disruptions to institutional operations in the forms available here: https://bcon.aibs.org/2020/06/02/collections-and-covid-19-operating-status/

BCoN invites information from all types of natural history collection holding institutions, which includes natural history museums, natural science collections, arboreta and herbaria, or other facilities with natural science collections.

This information will be regularly compiled and consolidated and made available publicly on the BCoN website.  The name of the individual sharing this information is not requested and will not be published.