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Alexander Wetmore- Field notes, January 1898 - April 1902

For many Smithsonian scientists, a passion for field research is at the core of their work. But for some—like Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore—that devotion to field work started long before their career did! Wetmore began his ornithology field work when he was a teenager, growing up in North Freedom, Wisconsin. This set of notes documents his early bird observations—heading to the fields before breakfast or after school with friends to document the wildlife of his hometown. Help transcribe Wetmore’s field notes, taken from 1898-1902, for another generation of aspiring scientists!


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Arthur Stelfox--Diary of insects, chiefly hymenoptera, 1932-33, Vol. 5

Did you know that seventy-five percent of plants need pollinators to reproduce—and those pollinators are in global decline? Part of helping solve the pollinator crisis is understanding the history of those insect species. Get a crucial look at the pollinator populations of Ireland’s past thanks to Arthur Stelfox’s field notes. Stelfox, a naturalist with the National Museum of Ireland specializing in Hymenoptera, took this set of field notes while collecting insects throughout Ireland. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing Stelfox’s 1932-33 field notes for the next generation of entomologists!


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Bohumil Shimek -- Field Notes and Diary, Audubon and Shelby counties, Iowa, 1912-13

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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Bohumil Shimek -- Field Notes, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Missouri, 1910, Vol. 2

Shimek State Forest is one of the largest remaining contiguous forests in Iowa—stretching across 1,000 acres. It is named after one of the state’s most notable naturalists, Dr. Bohumil Shimek. Shimek, a Czech-American naturalist and conservationist, spent decades conducting field work in his home state, as well as teaching at the University of Iowa. This set of field notes records Shimek’s work in Iowa and South Dakota in 1910. Join other digital volunteers in helping transcribe this piece of American conservation history!


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Cephalopoda (Squid) 1971-1973, 1975-1979, 1981-1982 (2 of 3)

The San Blas Islands—an archipelago in Panama made up of over 300 islands—are mostly uninhabited, and their plant and wildlife largely untouched. This makes it a prime location for the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute (STRI) to conduct research. Founding Director of STRI, Martin H. Moynihan, took these field notes on the San Blas Islands in 1971-72 while studying Panama’s biodiversity. This set of notes documents his observations of Cephalopoda (or squid), recording things like their behavior in groups and release of ink. Get a glimpse into the wildlife of the San Blas Islands and help transcribe this set of field notes!


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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!