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Bailey - Field notes, Nevada and California, April 16-October 16, 1898

What might you find in Rabbit Hole Basin, Nevada? Quite a lot if you are Vernon Bailey, chief field naturalist for the United States Department of Agriculture, in 1898. From late spring through early fall, Bailey worked his way through Nevada and California, recording his field observations and collected specimens in a journal about the size of a smartphone. The notebook lists the scientific names of the animals, birds and plants he came across by date and place name. Some descriptions of animal behavior and location are also recorded. Join us in transcribing another challenging Bailey field book and help us make these important documents more accessible to scholars and researchers.

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Book no. 2, H.A. Allard, field collection specimen no. 1711-3420

This second volume of H. A. Allard's field book list of collected specimens includes numbers 1711-3420 collected in the course of his work in Virginia, and West Virginia from 1936-1937. His dated specimen entries include locality, scientific name, and notes regarding growing conditions. Many of the specimens were collected in the Bull Run Mountains, an area in Virginia's northern piedmont which is home to several forest and woodland community types, some of them rare botanical communities. Help us to transcribe Allard's specimen collecting notes and make them more accessible to researchers and scholars.

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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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Cleofe Calderon - Panama 1971

How do we know a region is particularly biodiversity rich? Argentine botanist Cleofe Calderon (1929-2007) worked diligently for years to document plant species in Central America and northern South America. In 1976, she re-discovered a species of bamboo in Brazil that hadn't been seen in over 90 years. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe her personal field notes written during her brief time collecting in Panama in 1971. Your contributions help to make this material more useful to today's scholars and researchers.

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Ira Gabrielson - Diary, 1931-1935

What does it take to change the way a whole country understands and interacts with its wildlife? One of many committed naturalists determined to see American biodiversity documented, understood and maintained was Ira Gabrielson (1889-1977). After three years of being a school teacher, Gabrielson joined the Bureau of Biological Survey in 1915. He kept a diary more or less daily, and his entries contain a wide range of information about the specimens and the people he worked with in a variety of settings. In the four years that this volume covers, Gabrielson was often traveling and publishing his first book "Western American Alpines" (1932). Join us in transcribing this diary from a man who would go on to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and to help organize the World Wildlife Fund.

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Ira Gabrielson - Diary, 1936-1939

In the late 1930's national wildlife management and conservation was undergoing a major change. The United States was still recovering from the Great Depression. Ira Gabrielson, head of the Bureau of Biological Survey was in the thick of this transition and would become the first director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services organization in 1940. This diary contains his more or less daily notes, ranging from field investigations and park development to meetings and conferences to move forward legislation. Notes on birds and mammals are also included, as are some interesting story ideas. Join us in transcribing Gabrielson's diary and learn more about the day-to-day life of a wildlife conservation pioneer.

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Journal of Facts in Natural History - Volume 2, 1867-1869

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.

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Land and freshwater mollusca found in Great Britain and Ireland by Arthur Stelfox, 1911-1917

Could clams help create an environment where fossils can form? Fragments of hadrosaur eggshells were found in only two sites at Dinosaur Provincial Park of southern Alberta that contained large amounts of pisidiid (pea) clams and other species. Scientists think calcium carbonate released from the shells helped the fragile eggshells to fossilize. Irish naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) was studying non-marine Mollusca in Great Britain and Ireland long before the findings in Canada. This journal contains his field notes from June 1911 to September 1917. Specimen lists includes comments about abundance, commonality, measurements, and water temperatures along with some photographs. Join us and help transcribe Stelfox's notes for easier access by today's paleontologists and scholars.