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Despite his lifelong study of nature, Arthur Wilson Stelfox's (1883-1972) early career was as an architect. It was only in 1920, when he joined the staff of the National Museum of Ireland that his avocation became a profession. As Assistant Naturalist, he curated museum collections and delved further into his studies of hymenoptera. Field observation and collection of specimens were an essential part of this effort. In this volume of Stelfox's field notes, he bisects Ireland, traveling through Bunduff Strand on the western coast to areas southwest of Dublin. Join with other digital volunteers to transcribe his handwritten observations, recorded here along with the specmiens' location, sex, quantity, environment and sometimes the weather. IF you find his handwriting challenging, you might want to refer to an earlier Stelfox project for help.
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Our thanks to the many volunpeers who are helping to transcribe the field notes of Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972), Irish naturalist and entomologist. Born in Belfast, Stelfox was working in architecture in Ireland and England when he began to also work in natural history. He came to serve as secretary of the Belfast Naturalists Field Club and, in 1920, he received appointment as Assistant Naturalist at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. Stelfox specialized in bees (Hymenoptera) and continued to build his private collections of following his retirement in 1948. He donated them to the Smithsonian in 1966. Transcribed field notes are below. You can also check out the finding aid for his personal papers at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
- Land and freshwater mollusca found in Great Britain and Ireland by Arthur Stelfox, 1911-1917
- Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary 1: Hymenoptera
- Arthur W. Stelfox - Vol. 2, daily lists
- Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, chiefly hymenoptera, 1929-31, Vol. 3
- Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, chiefly hymenoptera, 1931-32, Vol. 4
- Arthur Stelfox--Diary of insects, chiefly hymenoptera, 1932-33, Vol. 5
- Arthur Stelfox--Diary of hymenoptera, 1934-35, Vol. 6
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Have you ever started a project and nothing seems to be where it belongs? Shortly after arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico, naturalist Vernon Orlando Bailey rode across the Rio Grande river and could find no trace of life to indicate the Lower Sonoran. As a person whose career was surveying biological life across North America, these observations raised questions instead of dashing his spirits. Join our volunpeers in transcribing Bailey's 1908 field book to see what he makes of his findings and the clues they provide.
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To what lengths would you go for your research? Naturalist Vernon Orlando Bailey regularly traveled through the American Southwest at the height of summer to collect and observe the animals and plants there. Bailey regularly worked on foot or horseback, camping near the location he was studying and making do with what was on hand. Specimens from his many expeditions as part of the Bureau of Biological Survey can be found in the National Museum of Natural History's mammal and birds collections. Join other volunteers in transcribing his summer 1907 field journal to make this collector's personal accounts more accessible to researchers and scholars today.
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Over a 10 week period in the late summer and early fall of 1911, Vernon Orlando Bailey (1864-1942) observed wildlife and collected specimens in western Canada and the Intermountain West region of the United States. The Bureau of Biological Survey's chief field naturalist's diary-like field notes include travel details, daily activities, terrain and descriptions of the communities he visited as he worked in places like the Big Hole Mountains, the Caribou Mountains and Yellowstone National Park. Join in with other volunpeers and help us to transcribe this set of Bailey's field notes. Your efforts help us to augment biodiversity research resources in places like the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
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The struggle between environmental stewardship and economic expansion is not a new concern. At the end of the 19th century, the United States Bureau of Biological Survey sought to build a comprehensive survey of North America to better inform the choices being made across the country by farmers, ranchers and industrialists alike. In his personal field journal from the fall of 1907, chief naturalist Vernon Bailey notes, "The development of this immense valley of rich agricultural land is going to bring up a lot of problems in useful and injurious species of mammals to be destroyed or protected. A little bulletin on the species, their habits, etc for these valleys would be timely now." Join our digital volunteers in transcribing Bailey's daily record of this expedition.
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When you are traveling, do you make notes as the scenery passes by? In 1903, naturalist Vernon Orlando Bailey traveled from Washington, D.C. to Colorado and New Mexico to continue his exploration and studies wildlife and flora of the American Southwest. In this field book, he notes two areas in West Virginia with "Beautiful meadows, streams & springs, open woods and hemlock groves made us want to stop & pitch a tent...These are wild spots that would bear a lot of exploring & study." Join us as we transcribe another Bailey field book and see his passion for the outdoors come to life.
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Have you ever read a book more than once and discovered things you had missed before? Vernon Bailey, chief naturalist for the United States Bureau of Biological Survey, recorded more than notes about flora and fauna in his field books. Team up with other volunteers to transcribe Bailey's 1904 field book and discover additional data about local inhabitants, an Apache fiesta and the Taos language.
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In this small notebook, field agent Vernon Bailey kept a list of specimens, plants and animals, he found while on assignment to study the impact of wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota between March and April on 1907. He seems to have started this notebook in 1905, but stopped after only 5 pages. Together with his journal from this time, we can gain a clearer picture of what was happening in that part of the United States in the spring of 1907. Please join us in transcribing Bailey's list of specimens.
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From giving lectures about beavers to girl scouts to talks about mammals with local churches, naturalist Vernon Orlando Bailey had a busy year in 1938. This field book contains notes about the animals he observed or trapped during his travels to Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, and beyond. Assist a group of volunpeers in making Bailey’s notes and professional activities in different locales around the United States more discoverable to researchers.