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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 wonder what issues capture a museum board members attention? The Proceedings of the Smithsonian's Board of Regents are a window into the issues they have focused on in the past. Between 1907 and 1919, the world saw major progress in science, politics and industry. It also experienced World War I. Among other things, the Regents decided the Smithsonian should lobby Congress to authorize the Smithsonian Langley Aerodynamical Laboratory and to establish an advisory committee to provide guidance to the country's aviation pioneers. Join our volunteers in transcribing these meeting minutes to learn more about this effort and other topics that came before the Smithsonian's Regents.
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In 1871, Congress approved the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, an "international exhibition of arts, manufactures, and products of the soil and mine" to celebrate 100 years of American independence. Spencer F. Baird, then Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian, was appointed as the Smithsonian's representative on a Board of Executive Departments to prepare a collective exhibition for the event that would demonstrate the nature, breadth and ability of the government's institutions to adapt the wants of its citizens. Baird was directly in charge of the Smithsonian and the U.S. Fish Commission exhibits. Please join us in transcribing Baird's correspondence relating to the Centennial Exhibition to facilitate greater online access to this collection.