Thank you for visiting the Red Siskin Initiative website and reviewing our Privacy Statement. The Red Siskin Initiative does not collect personal information about visitors to our website unless you choose to provide that information to us. The Red Siskin Initiative will use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

We automatically gather and store the following information about your visit to our website so that we can track website use in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only, and is not used to contact you personally:

  • The IP address from which you access our website;
  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, gmail.com, if you are connecting from a Google account);
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our Website;
  • The date and time you access our sites;
  • The pages, files, documents and links that you visit; and
  • The domain of the website which referred you to this Website (the last website you visited before visiting this one).


In addition to information collected automatically, we use cookies to support the internal functionality of the website. Cookies, which are small pieces of information sent to your browser by a website that you visit, are used to track usage patterns, traffic trends and customer behavior, as well as to record other information from the website. When you register on the website, cookies also allow us to save information so that you will not have to re-enter it the next time you visit. Content adjustments and customer service improvements are made based on the data derived from cookies. No personally identifiable information is collected. Information that we collect from cookies will not be used to create profiles of individual users and only will be used in aggregate form. The data is retained for as long as necessary to support the mission of the website. You may set your browser to refuse cookies from any website that you visit and still gain access to website.

If You Send Us Personal Information

The website will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide. If you provide us with personal information, we will normally respond to your inquiry, request or donation. We may also contact you to provide information about Red Siskin Initiative activities that may interest you. We will not share your name or information anywhere unless you affirmatively authorize us to do so. When we send you information by email, you will always have an immediate opportunity to decline further communication.


The Red Siskin Initiative takes reasonable steps to design and manage our website’ technology to ensure that its information technology systems, applications, and information technology infrastructure are secure. Donations made through the Smithsonian websites requires credit card processing be secured based on compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards. When you use your credit card, that transaction is always encrypted when traveling over the Internet. Visit the Smithsonian Institution’s privacy statement for more detailed information.

As appropriate and feasible, the Red Siskin Initiative monitors network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to access, upload, or change information or otherwise cause damage.

Embedded Plug-Ins, Widgets, and Links

Within the Red Siskin Initiative website there are embedded applications, plug-ins, widgets or links to non-other websites. These sites operate independently of the Red Siskin Initiative website and have their own privacy policies. When you visit these sites, you leave our website and no longer will be subject to our privacy and security policies. The Red Siskin Initiative is not responsible for the privacy or security practices or the content of other sites, and such sites are not intended to be an endorsement of those sites or their content.


The Red Siskin Initiative website is intended to be accessible and enjoyed by general audiences. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children.


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Last revised: August 5, 2015