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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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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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Imagine waking each morning to the sounds of howler monkeys, the loudest animals in the New World. Their vocalizations can be heard over three miles away in a dense forestand they are one of many species that captured Martin Moynihan's attention as he studied the biodiversity of Central America. He takes pains to describe their vocalizations and other behavior. When you run across his unusual annotations, you can take a look at other completed Moynihan transcription projects. Come join digital volunteers to transcribe his carefully documented observations of howler monkeys in Panama.
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Do you like a real challenge? Are you interested in insects or an amateur entomologist? Benjamin Dann Walsh, the first state entomologist of Illinois, penned a two-volume set of field notes entitled “Journal of Facts in Natural History” recording his field activity in the Rock Island, Illinois area of the Mississippi River from 1867 to 1869. Digital volunteers have already transcribed his first volume. Try your hand at transcribing this second volume of Walsh’s detailed notes of insects in this region and help us expand our understanding of Mississippi River biodiversity during the Civil War.