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Alexander Wetmore - Western United States, 1918: Breeding waterfowl, field diaries

Following his time in southern Texas and Arkansas, ornithologist Alexander Wetmore moves on to spend four months, from late spring to the very end of summer, observing waterfowl breeding in the southwestern United States. Nonetheless, the contentious relationship between migrating birds and farmers through out the Southwest continues to crop up in his notes. This field diary includes wonderfully detailed descriptions and sketches of birds' mating rituals that Wetmore observed interspersed with terse notes about the farmers. One "wants government to send in soldiers to kill off ducks." Another farmer wants the privilege of doing it himself. This field diary proves to be a real transcription challenge because Wetmore's penciled notes are in some places both faint and smudged. Are you up to it? Join other stalwart #volunpeers in this effort.


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Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting held on September 22, 1980

What kind of arrangements does the Smithsonian have with foreign nations to support the research of Smithsonian scholars? How should the Smithsonian respond when another U.S. heritage organization turns to it for financial assistance? These were two of the many items discussed at the September 1980 meeting of the Board of Regents. Please join us in transcribing these meeting minutes and learn more about the issues facing the Smithsonian leadership in the fall of 1980. Your contributions will help to make these proceedings easier to search and use in the future.


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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Department of Birds: Annual and Monthly Reports 1891 - 1892

"In addition to the regular routine work of the Department, which of itself is too complicated to admit ..., the following special work was accomplished during the year." With these words, curator Robert Ridgway (1850-1929) began his annual report to G. Brown Goode, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum. Thankfully, Ridgway's monthly reports cover the work that is "too complicated." Help us transcribe Ridgway's reports to shed some more light on the activities of the Department of Birds in 1891-1892.