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At 18 years of age, Alexander Wetmore was still a year away from college, but he had been observing and studying birds seriously since his early teens. His first paper "My Experience with a Red-headed Woodpecker" was published in the bi-monthly magazine
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What does a naturalist look for when they explore a new area? Are there clues to what they should find or clues that something bad has happened? As chief field naturalist Vernon Bailey departs Washington, D.C. headed to the Northwest, he looks for clues in the wildlife, the plants and even the soil to explain why some species are hard to find where they were once plentiful. Please join us in transcribing his field notes from a summer trip to the Mountain States in 1894 and get a glimpse of how he "read" the landscape for clues about the wildlife.
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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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Do you prefer to travel alone or with others? Naturalist Vernon Bailey, a member of the United States Biological Survey team, often traveled with others in his work to document species across North America. In the summer of 1896, he was joined by old friend C. Hart Merriam and another companion Edward A. Preble. A naturalist and conservationist, Preble would go on to publish "A Biological Investigation of the Athabaska-Mackenzie Region" in 1908, based on later expeditions with the Survey to what is now central Alberta, Canada. Join volunteeers in transcribing the field notes of these two men whose work took them to the far corners of the continent.
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Where would you lay a telegraph cable to connect San Francisco, California to Moscow, Russia? In 1865, the Western Union Telegraph Company considered going through Russian America [now Alaska], over the Bering Sea and across Russia as a potentially viable solution. They commissioned three division to investigate with naturalists recruited as part of the two year expedition. Lead naturalist for the Russian America group, William Kennicott would eventually die in the field and leadership passed to William Dall for the remainder of the expedition. Please join us in transcribing these handwritten duplicates of Kennicott notes.
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Calling overseas today is simple enough. Wireless networks, satellite and cell towers make it possible to reach a broad expanse on almost every continent. In 1865, it was a completely different affair. The Western Union Telegraph Company wanted to build a communication link from the United States to Europe. One path to investigate was to head west through Russian America [now Alaska], over the Bering Sea and across Russia. In order to gather thorough and comprehensive data, it recruited a Scientific Corps, under the auspices of the Smithsonian, and embarked on a two year expedition to survey its options. Robert Kennicott was selected to lead the group of naturalists investigating Russian America, then died in the middle of the expedition. Please join us in transcribing this part of his correspondence.
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If you received money to travel for a year, where would you go? An exotic location? William M. Mann was awarded a year's funding from Harvard University's Sheldon Traveling Fellowship and set out for the South Pacific. Fiji and the Solomon Islands were part of his travels. But exotic locations can include unknown dangers amidst the discoveries. Join our volunteers in transcribing this set of Mann's field notes.