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Alexander Wetmore - Field Notes, January - August 1904

In these field notes, future Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore includes more exacting details about birds he and fellow travelers studied than he had in previous years. Some of these include measurements, sex, appearance, and collector. Join us in transcribing this record of observation and specimen collecting in in south central Wisconsin and southeastern Kansas.


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Edmund Heller - Handwritten China journal, Vol. 3 of 5

Continue the adventure through China with zoologist Edmund Heller by helping transcribe the third of his five-volume set of field notes! Heller, who worked as a naturalist on Smithsonian-led expeditions for over a decade, took these notes while on expedition through China and Burma in 1917. Learn more about Heller’s journey and join other digital volunteers in transcribing!


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Edmund Heller - Handwritten China journal, Vol. 5 of 5

Join the conclusion of the American Museum of Natural History China Expedition with zoologist Edmund Heller! Heller, who served as a naturalist on a variety of Smithsonian expeditions throughout his career, took these field notes while traveling through China and India in 1917. Heller and the rest of the expedition team were conducting a study of the zoology of southern China—find out what the team discovered, then help transcribe!


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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 197-212, 1890-1895

Have you ever heard of Dyar's Law? The now-standard biological rule measures the development of moths and butterflies and is named after National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Before there could be Dyar's Law, however, there first had to be Dyar's field work! This set of notes details Dyar's work in 1890-95 through New York, and includes specimen numbers, dates, and other collecting observations. Explore the beginnings of Dyar's Law and help other volunteers transcribe this important scientific text.


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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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STRI Pollen Cards (Set 31)

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.