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Bailey - Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming, May 1894 - September 1894

What does a naturalist look for when they explore a new area? Are there clues to what they should find or clues that something bad has happened? As chief field naturalist Vernon Bailey departs Washington, D.C. headed to the Northwest, he looks for clues in the wildlife, the plants and even the soil to explain why some species are hard to find where they were once plentiful. Please join us in transcribing his field notes from a summer trip to the Mountain States in 1894 and get a glimpse of how he "read" the landscape for clues about the wildlife.


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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 213-270, 1890-1896

What do Dixa dyari, Euleucophaeus dyari, and 70 other insect species have in common? Their scientific names all pay tribute to the same scientist--National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Dyar devoted his life to taxonomy, and classified thousands of new species of butterflies, moths, and mosquitoes, in his lifetime. This field book documents his research from 1890-96 in New York and California. Learn more about Dyar's groundbreaking research and help transcribe his field notes!


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Martin H. Moynihan - Ring-billed Gulls, Pelican Island-Doglake, Manitoba, Canada, 1954-55

Ring-billed gulls—one of the most common species in North America—often nest near the Canadian coasts. But where do these birds travel in colder weather? Track the migration of the ring-billed gulls of Canada with Martin H. Moynihan’s 1954-55 field notes. Moynihan, a biologist and ornithologist, was founding director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, join in on transcribing Moynihan’s field notes!


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Paleobiology Marine Invertebrates Project (Set 3)

Please join us to transcribe the labels of Fossil Marine Invertebrates with Department of Paleobiology. Learn how to transcribe this project and get started. NOTE: Please do not delete notes left by other volunteers, as these are important for the Paleobiology and TC teams to improve the project workflow; instead, please add additional comments below existing comments, as necessary. Thank you!


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STRI Pollen Cards (Set 35)

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archaeology invites you to help transcribe specimen cards for the pollen collection. Each of these cards corresponds to a pollen grain on a microscope slide; the data on the cards are invaluable to researchers. Learn how to transcribe these cards with these instructions. Thank you for your help in transcribing them.


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Vernon Bailey with E. A. Preble - May to September 1896

Do you prefer to travel alone or with others? Naturalist Vernon Bailey, a member of the United States Biological Survey team, often traveled with others in his work to document species across North America. In the summer of 1896, he was joined by old friend C. Hart Merriam and another companion Edward A. Preble. A naturalist and conservationist, Preble would go on to publish "A Biological Investigation of the Athabaska-Mackenzie Region" in 1908, based on later expeditions with the Survey to what is now central Alberta, Canada. Join volunteeers in transcribing the field notes of these two men whose work took them to the far corners of the continent.


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Where In The World Is...?? (Set 4)

Come help us improve our digital records for the United States National Herbarium (US)! Please join us in our effort to transcribe the locality information for our difficult to decipher US Specimens. The records in this project are special cases in which the locality information requires some detective work. We'd like to ask for your help in digging a little deeper to find the Country and Territory/State/Province for each of these specimens sheets labels; see special instructions and examples here. Please contact Laura Tancredi, Department of Botany, for any questions or comments about the transcriptions. Note: Do not erase notes from other volunteers or staff; rather, leave existing comments and add your own.


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William M. Mann - Field notes, Fiji and British Solomon Islands, 1915-1916

If you received money to travel for a year, where would you go? An exotic location? William M. Mann was awarded a year's funding from Harvard University's Sheldon Traveling Fellowship and set out for the South Pacific. Fiji and the Solomon Islands were part of his travels. But exotic locations can include unknown dangers amidst the discoveries. Join our volunteers in transcribing this set of Mann's field notes.