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Bohumil Shimek - Diary, European trip, 1914 (1 of 2)

** If you can read Czech, we need you! Help us and other digital volunteers to finish transcribing Shimek's first volume of notes from his trip to Europe on the eve of World War I. ** Practicing a new language on your first trip to Europe? Surveyor-turned-naturalist Bohumil Shimek was working on Czech when he traveled from Iowa to Prague as an exchange professor of botany in 1914. Just before open hostilities broke out in what became known as the Great War or World War I. A son of Czech immigrants, Shimek came to be well known for his contributions to the field of botany in North America - over 205,000 plant specimens. Take note, he writes in English and Czech! English speakers may want to start here, a few pages in. You also might enjoy this blog post about his trip.

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Cephalopoda (Squid) 1971-1973, 1975-1979, 1981-1982 (1 of 3)

What can a squid (cephalopoda) tell us? Martin Moynihan's lifework was studying biodiversity in the tropics. You may have seen earlier transcription projects of Moynihan's field notes about birds and monkeys. In this one, he has pulled together his notes studying squid from different expeditions including to the San Blas archipelago on the Atlantic Ocean side of Panama and to places spanning the Pacific Ocean: Islas Secas, Guam and Lizard Island east of Queensland, Australia. Help us transcribe these field notes and get a glimpse of what kinds of details this biologist found especially noteworthy.

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Cleofé Calderon - Brasil 1972, 2

Not all bamboo is alike. In the second half of the 20th century, new genera and species of the grass subfamily Bambusoideae were being described as a result of explorations in Central and South America. Among the most prolific researchers collecting and describing new species of bamboo were Cleofé E. Calderon (1929-2007) and her colleague Thomas R. Soderstrom (1936-1987). All of their research was conducted with the National Museum of Natural History, and their collaboration produced scores of papers in botanical journals. This field book contains a list of botanical specimens, mainly bamboo, collected by Dr. Calderon from 26 April to 13 May 1972 in Brazil with notes from Panama the previous year. Help us transcribe these field notes documenting taxonomic names of specimens, soil samples, temperatures, and photo records and learn more about her work in the Brazilian fall of 1972.

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Harrison G. Dyar - Bluebook 158-196

Butterflies live on almost every continent. Less widely known than bees as pollinating insects, butterflies are admittedly less valuable than bees when it comes to commercial agriculture. However, butterflies and moths are very sensitive to changes in the environment. Because of this, they are valuable early indicators of ecosystem changes. At the turn of the 20th century, Harrison G. Dyar's study of lepidoptera larvae revealed that their growth followed a predictable geometric progression. Changes in this progression point to potentially significant changes in the environment.  Help us transcribe this volume of Dyar's collecting notes and observations to make this firsthand knowledge more accessible to scholars and researchers.  Also, if you are also interested in bees, you may want to explore the Bumblebees transcription projects.

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Journal of Richard E. Blackwelder, West Indies, vol. 6

Richard Blackwelder, an entomologist from Stanford University, received a scholarship from 1935 to 1938 to conduct scientific studies outside of the United States. During this time, he collected and studied insects in the West Indies, especially beetles. Volume 6 of Blackwelder's field notes pick up exactly where Volume 5 left off on 27 October 1936. Having moved on from Saint Kitts to Saint Croix, another island in the Carribbean Sea, Blackwelder continued to study insects there, especially beetles. He includes careful description of his surrounding environment, elevations, weather information, abundance and how his specimens were obtained. Join us in transcribing this field book and making it more accessible to today's scientists and researchers. Difficulty: low.

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Robert H. Gibbs, Jr. - Field notebook

Fascinated by dragonflies? Robert H. Gibbs, Jr. (1929-1988) of the National Museum of Natural History's Division of Fishes collected them. This notebook contains data on dragonflies collected in the United States, Canada, and Mexico over the course of eleven years. It includes a detailed record of habitat from which most specimens were taken along with occasional sketches. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing Gibbs's notebook. You might run across notes of his chase for especially prized specimens!