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#1757-#1975, Mary Agnes Chase expedition to Brazil, 1924-1925

Islands, Aqueducts, Bamboo, and Oxen – what will you discover through the annotated photographs of Mary Agnes Chase's expedition to Brazil in 1924-1925? Help us transcribe the set to learn more.

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A brief report on a trip to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, 1923-1924

How far would you go to study grasses? South American biodiversity held the interest of some United States botanists as early as the turn of the twentieth century. Harvard University and the New York Botanical Garden as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) saw fit to send Alfred Spear Hitchcock (1865-1935), USDA systematic agrostologist and Smithsonian custodian of grasses to northern South America to study the grazing industry there in 1923. This brief typescript report includes a descriptions of Hitchcock's time there together with photographs visually documenting the expedition. Please help us transcribe Hitchcock's report and learn his thoughts concerning the grazing industries of three different countries.

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A. S. Hitchcock - Photo album of British Guyana, Cuba and the US, 1919-1920

Botanist Alfred Spears Hitchcock (1865-1935) traveled a good amount in the course of his work. He put together a number of photo albums to visually document his trips collecting specimens.   Join us in transcribing the captions in this album of his travels. In addition to photos of trees and vegetation, you will also find landscapes, towns, local people, sailing vessels and harbors. Sites range from a number of Caribbean islands and British Guyana to land-locked sites in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

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Alexander C. Anderson - Western Union Telegraph Expedition report, 1865

Travel the path of the Western Union Telegraph Expedition with this 1865 trip report by explorer and fur-trader Alexander Caulfield Anderson. Anderson's report, filed "on the country between the Fraser R[iver] and Stuart Lake" in British Columbia, details part of the path taken by the historic expedition to explore building a trans-Pacific communication system through Alaska and Asia. His report from the beginning of the expedition, in 1865, describes a path to follow, with notes on the terrain, the types of trees available on the route, and distances between towns and other geographic landmarks. Help transcribe Anderson's expedition report and join in on an incredible scientific exploration! You can also read the 1865 account of a fellow Telegraph Expedition traveler, William Healey Dall, previously transcribed by volunpeers!

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Alexander Wetmore - Album 1 Panama, 1954

Planning to travel when you retire? Where would you go? Forty-two years after starting his science career in ornithology and avian paleontology, Wetmore retired from his position as Secretary of the Smithsonian to more fully devote himself to the science he loved. This photograph album documents Alexander Wetmore's work in Panama in 1954, including visits to the Canal Zone Biological Area and specimen collecting in Chiriqui together with Beatrice Thielen Wetmore and others. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing the captions in this album and see a wide range of topics including shorelines, forests and vegetation, volcano vistas, Panamanian staff and families, lodgings, and modes of transportation used.

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Alexander Wetmore - Album 3 of Panama, 1958

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to the coasts and canals of Panama? See fascinating photographs from a 1958 collection expedition to Panama, taken by Alexander Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and the former Secretary of the Smithsonian. These vibrant images of the Panama environment and birds in the wild, among many others, offer a unique inside look into the specimen collection process as Wetmore experienced it. Experience the expedition and help us transcribe photo captions! Together, we can make the album a rich, visual resource for scholars and researchers!

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Alexander Wetmore - Album, Panama, 1957, Vol. 1

Did you know that the 365 islands that make up the San Blas archipelago of Panama are largely uninhabited? The islands also lie outside the Atlantic hurricane region, leaving the environment undisturbed by natural disasters. These factors made the San Blas Islands a perfect place for a scientist like Alexander Wetmore to explore! Ornithologist and former Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore made an annual trip to Panama, to collect specimen and research for what would become his book, "The Birds of The Republic of Panama." On his 1957 expedition, Wetmore traveled to San Blas to study the native wildlife--documented in this photo album, alongside other locations throughout Panama. Sail off to the San Blas Islands and help transcribe the captions from this fascinating set of images!

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Alexander Wetmore - Album, Panama, 1957, Vol. 2

Did you know that when the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama was established in 1923, it was just one small field station? In the decades since, the Smithsonian's Panama facilities have greatly expanded to conduct long-term biological studies and host hundreds of visiting scientists--including former Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore. Wetmore visited the Smithsonian's Panama field station as part of his annual trip to study the region's bird populations. This album contains photographs of Wetmore's work at the research station, at the beginning of its expansion throughout the 1940s-1980s. Help transcribe the image captions from this album and get a unique insight into the Smithsonian's international environmental research!

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Alexander Wetmore - Arkansas and Texas, 1917-1918 : To investigate damage done by birds

What can I do to protect these crops? In 1917, farmers in southern Texas had already been through two dry seasons, impacting their rice harvests. Species like the red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) were making a further dent in the farmers' fields. They reached out to the United States Department of Agriculture and its Bureau of Biological Survey. Ornithologist Alexander Wetmore was sent to investigate and determine how the farmers might best address this threat in a environmentally-responsible way. Team up with other volunpeers to transcribe Wetmore's account of his investigations in Texas, and later Arkansas. Discover the scope of the problem and what were considered to be acceptable solutions at the beginning of the 20th century.

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