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Did you know that forty percent of the world’s invertebrate pollinator species, like bees, are now facing extinction? Part of helping solve the complex pollinator crisis is understanding these insects’ history. Get a crucial look at Ireland’s pollinators with the field notes of naturalist Arthur Stelfox, who specialized in Hymenoptera and collected insects throughout Ireland. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing his 1934-35 field notes for the next generation of entomologists!
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Audobon, Iowa was established in 1878 and was named after a scientist of world-renown, both then and today—ornithologist John James Audubon. Decades later, Audobon would become a center of ornithology research for another naturalist, Bohumil Shimek. Shimek, a native Iowan who went on to study and teach at the University of Iowa, conducted field work in Audobon and Shelby counties in 1912-13. Explore Shimek’s field notes—and the birds of Audobon—and help transcribe them for future generations of naturalists!
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More than 8,000 miles separate Washington D.C. from the Yunnan Province of China—what was it like to travel between them over 100 years ago? Find out with zoologist Edmund Heller’s field notes from the American Museum of Natural History’s expedition to China, 1916-1917. Heller, who worked as a naturalist on many Smithsonian-led expeditions throughout the 1900s, joined the New York City museum’s trip to the Yunnan Province. Head off on an expedition to China and help transcribe the first in a series of Heller’s field notes!
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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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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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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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Did you know that the 1973 Noble Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to three ornithologists, including Dr. Nikolaas Tinbergen? The award was given for their work uncovering social patterns in animals—a topic that was sure to have interested behavioral evolutionary biologist Martin Moynihan! Moynihan—an ornithologist and founding director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute—wrote to Tinbergen while observing gulls throughout parts of North America. Find out more about their correspondence, and the rest of Moynihan’s research, by helping transcribe this set of field notes!
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Did you know that gulls can be found on every continent, including Antarctica? Regardless of where each species of gull breeds, many also migrate—moving from colder to warmer climates during the winter. Learn more about the migration patterns of gulls with this set of field notes from Founding Director of STRI, Martin H. Moynihan. These observations were taken by Moynihan in South America, including Chile and Peru. What better time than International Migratory Bird Day to transcribe Moynihan’s migration data? Join in!
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What is it like to build a collection for a new museum? What is its role when targeted hunts are threatening populations of wolf and fox? This report filed by the Department of Mammals head curator just 8 years after the United States National Museum opened its doors explores these questions amidst more administrative details. Join other volunteers in transcribing this report and gain some insight into the state of animal affairs in the late 1880's.
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Come help us improve our digital records for the United States National Herbarium (US)! Please join us in our effort to transcribe the locality information for our difficult to decipher US Specimens. The records in this project are special cases in which the locality information requires some detective work. We'd like to ask for your help in digging a little deeper to find the Country and Territory/State/Province for each of these specimens sheets labels; see special instructions and examples here. Please contact Laura Tancredi, Department of Botany, for any questions or comments about the transcriptions. Note: Do not erase notes from other volunteers or staff; rather, leave existing comments and add your own.