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Alexander Wetmore- Photo Album, Pacific Islands, 1923

Travel to Hawaii with Alexander Wetmore's 1923 photo album documenting his travel through the central Pacific Islands! Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, took these photos while on the Tanager Expedition with the US Department of Agriculture?s Bureau of Biological Survey. Wetmore directed the expedition's team of scientists in studying the plant and animal life on several of the Hawaiian Islands. Join Wetmore and his Tanager Expedition crew on a winter adventure and help transcribe captions of these striking island images.

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Alexander Wetmore- Photo Album, Pacific Islands, 1923, Vol. 2

Take off on an island adventure with Alexander Wetmore's 1923 photo album documenting his travel through the central Pacific Islands! Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, took these photos while on the Tanager Expedition with the US Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Biological Survey. Wetmore directed the expedition's team of scientists in studying the plant and animal life on several of the Hawaiian Islands. Join Wetmore and his Tanager Expedition crew on a winter adventure and help transcribe captions of these striking island images.

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Alexander Wetmore- Photo Album, South America, 1920

Wishing you were on a holiday getaway? Explore South America with Alexander Wetmore's 1920 photo album documenting his travel through Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay! Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, took these photos while studying bird migration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Explore the wildlife and landscapes as Wetmore saw them, as he trekked from savanna to forest, and through villages, wetlands, and sand dunes. Join other volunteers on a Wetmore winter adventure and help transcribe the image captions!

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Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, etc., chiefly hymenoptera, 1936 - 1937

Today, declines in the populations of bees and other pollinators, important contributors to environmental heath and biodiversity, have given rise to renewed calls for study such as the United States' "Pollinator Research Action Plan." In Ireland, only 122 species of hymenoptera had been documented prior to 1924. That year, naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox reported another 53 new species, increasing the known species in Ireland by almost half. Stelfox's subsequent collection of specimens in the years that followed documented more still. Please join us in the transcription of his field diary of his collection trips in 1936 and 1937 which range from the northwestern coast of Ireland to Kilkea Castle in the southeastern countryside.

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Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, vol. 9, July 1937- July 1938

Irish naturalist Arthur W. Stelfox makes identifying insects seem romantic. He describes “fine” and “joyous” mornings and relaxing lunches near bridges and sand dunes. And then Stelfox dives right into noting the Hymenoptera species he observes, which is arguably less romantic, but crucial to the field. In this 1937-38 field book, the naturalist travels to Wexford and Kinlough, among other destinations in Ireland. Included in this field book are his very detailed notes of the species he observed, actual specimens taped inside, and some very challenging handwriting. Come for the insects. Stay for the comradery of transcribing difficult penmanship and making Stelfox’s work more accessible with your fellow volunpeers!

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary from 16th Aug. 1944 till 8th Aug. 1946, vol. 15

This fifteenth volume of Irish naturalist Arthur W. Stelfox's personal record of collecting hymenoptera specimens around the Irish countryside, this time in and near Athdown, Royal Canal, Rye Water and Phoenix Park. His collection, gathered over decades and eventually donated to the Smithsonian Institution, provided the research material he and the next generation of entomologists would use to study changes in hymenoptera species over time. Please help us to transcribe his detailed notes. Zooming in where his pencil writing is faint on some pages will be a great help.

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary of excursions, captures of insects, etc, (chiefly hymenoptera), 1942-1943

Want a transcription project that is a real challenge? There are plenty of scientific names of species, the handwriting is light, and the last letter in a word may just drift off. In other words, Irish naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) recorded his field notes for his own reference. Getting used to his handwriting style will take a little effort. Still, we hope you will accept the challenge to transcribe the thirteenth volume of field notes from his daily excursions, this time covering a full year from the fall of 1942 to September 1943. Keep in mind, if you aren't sure about a word or species name, you can simply save the page. Another volunteer will come along and give it a go. It's all about teamwork!

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary of excursions, captures of insects, etc, (chiefly hymenoptera), Vol. 12, January 1941 - September 1942

Join Irish entomologist Arthur W. Stelfox on his excursions throughout the suburbs and surrounds of Dublin in the early 1940s, collecting mainly specimens of the order Hymenoptera, which includes wasps, bees, and ants. Narrative passages detailing his routes, the weather, and circumstances of his collecting alternate with detailed lists of specimens. His handwriting can be tricky, but with the aid of your fellow volunpeers, you can help make his notes accessible online. Enjoy deciphering the quintessentially Irish names of some of Stelfox's collecting locations!

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary of excursions, captures of insects, etc. Vol. 11

Four years after joining the National Museum of Ireland as an assistant naturalist working on hymenoptera, Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) had gained standing in the community as an authority in several areas of Ireland's natural history. He was placed in charge of the Museum's complete zoological collections. In this role, he was often called upon to identify specimens uncovered at prehistoric sites. However, despite his many responsibilities, Stelfox made time for field trips to observe and collect his own specimens. Join in with other volunteers to transcribe this diary of excursions taken between January 1940 and mid July the following year.

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary of hymenoptera, other insects, plants, etc., Vol. 14, September 1943 - August 1944

Ready for another Arthur W. Stelfox challenge? This time his field diary takes us from September of 1943 through August of 1944 as he collects specimens in the vicinity of Dublin, Ireland (Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe, is shouted out—see if you can spot the mention!). While Stelfox's main focus is on the study and collection of Hymenoptera, a group that includes bees, ants, and wasps, observations on local flora and other insects are sprinkled throughout—as is his commentary on the weather. While the light pencil and slanted, unique handwriting look formidable, we are confident you and your fellow volunpeers are up to the task!

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