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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1979, Amazonia #3

The sheer number of specimens agrostologist Cleofé Calderón collected for the Smithsonian, evidenced in this 1979 notebook, make it hard to believe that in just a few years, Calderón completely retired from botany. She remained in Washington after stepping away from the U.S. National Herbarium in 1985, but rarely returned to the Smithsonian, especially after her longtime professional partner Dr. Tom Soderstrom passed away in 1987. After breaking from the field, Calderón worked at a bibliographic service before retiring and returning to Argentina in 2005. Just two years later, she passed away. Your assistance in transcribing this project will ensure that Cleofé Calderón’s important work will not be forgotten. Calderón's handwriting can be a little difficult to read, so feel free to see how volunpeers have transcribed her work.


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Martin H. Moynihan - Diglossa (Flower piercers) (4 of 4)

Scientist or administrator, can you be both? Resident Naturalist Martin Moynihan's personal papers are filled with his field notes studying many Central and South American species. These notes here are the fourth set in his study of Diglossa, called flower piercers for the way they feed. By this point, Moynihan had served as the Resident Naturalist of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute for six years, at work transforming the research station into one recognized globally for its productivity. Join in with other volunteers and travel with Moynihan through four South American countries as you transcribe his research observations.


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Russell Greenberg - Field notes, Mexico, 1987

Commemorate World Migratory Bird Day by transcribing the field notes of Russell Greenberg, the ornithologist responsible for launching the annual celebration in 1993. Greenberg was the founding director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and established Smithsonian’s Bird Friendly Coffee program. He is also responsible for discovering that birds’ bills help regulate their body temperature. Before the center was even created, Greenberg recorded these notes on a trip to Mexico in 1987. He noted the times of his activities, weather, and birds he observed that day, among other details. Join a group of volunpeers in describing golden-fronted woodpeckers, tropical kingbirds, black-headed saltators, and so many more birds.


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Ursula B. Marvin - Journal from Antarctica, 1981-1982

Notable geologists—they’re just like us! During her second trip to Antarctica in 1981-82, Dr. Ursula Marvin described her field work and everything in between, which often included some very relatable content. One of her colleagues told her she snored. She fell asleep during an introductory lecture. And she had a beer with colleagues at the end of a long day. Assist a group of volunpeers in transcribing her notes from the Antarctic Search for Meteorites expedition, during which the seven-member crew collected hundreds of meteorite specimens.