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Bailey - Field notes, 1905 and Michigan and Minnesota, 1907

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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Bailey - Field notes, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania and New York - 1938

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.

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Bailey - Field notes, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, and Kentucky - 1939

If we saw fresh lion tracks on our trip to the Grand Canyon, you had better believe we would be running the other direction. But not naturalist Vernon Orlando Bailey. No, he was an adventurer. We are mere archivists. During a 1939 trip to the Grand Canyon, Bailey and his colleague spent the better part of a month laying lion and coyote traps, often baiting them with beef or mutton scraps. Sometimes they would be on the move for thirteen hours at a time. Join Bailey, and a passionate group of volunpeers, on a trip to the Grand Canyon…safe at your computers and away from those lions.

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Bailey - Field notes, Maryland and California, 1899

Can you imagine sending birds and mammals off to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)? That is exactly what 21 year old Vernon Bailey did in 1885. The USDA had just formed a Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammology with C. Hart Merriam as its head. Not long after, Bailey was employed there and would go on to become Chief Field Naturalist some years later. These field notes document his work in Maryland in the spring of 1899, and in California later that year. Join us to help transcribe his field notes. Bailey's handwriting is not the best, and the scientific names can be a challenge but our other volunteers are always eager to help.

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Bailey - Field notes, Michigan and the Northwest United States, 1894 and 1895

The work of Bureau of Biological Survey field agent Vernon Orlando Bailey (1864–1942) took him all over the United States, often to the Northwest or Southwest. In 1984 and 1895, Bailey's work took him to Michigan and the Northwest. In this field book, this Chief Field Naturalist of the United States Department of Agriculture describes the observation of animal tracks and the collection of specimens throughout Montana, Michigan, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon from September 1894 through September 1895. You will find lists of mammalian, ornithological and botanical scientific names organized by date and place name and includes drawings relating to animal behavior. The back of the notebook contains a list of addresses. We invite you to join other volunteers transcribing this material to help make it more accessible to future researchers and scholars.

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Bailey - Field notes, Montana, Washington, and Oregon, 1909

Do you have an eye for detail? Bureau of Biological Survey special field agent Vernon Bailey (1864-1942) took careful notes of the plants and animal specimens he observed as he traveled. In 1909, while enroute to Gold Beach, Oregon from Montana, he kept his notes in this field book. Please help us transcribe these notes to make them more accessible for future researchers and scholars. You might want to look at other transcribed Bailey field notes to get a sense for his handwriting style.

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Bailey - Field notes, Nevada and California, April 16-October 16, 1898

What might you find in Rabbit Hole Basin, Nevada? Quite a lot if you are Vernon Bailey, chief field naturalist for the United States Department of Agriculture, in 1898. From late spring through early fall, Bailey worked his way through Nevada and California, recording his field observations and collected specimens in a journal about the size of a smartphone. The notebook lists the scientific names of the animals, birds and plants he came across by date and place name. Some descriptions of animal behavior and location are also recorded. Join us in transcribing another challenging Bailey field book and help us make these important documents more accessible to scholars and researchers.

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Bailey - Field notes, Nevada and California, Nov - Dec, 1937

Four years after his retirement as Chief Field Naturalist for the United States Department of Agriculture, Vernon Orlando Bailey was still traveling across the country studying birds and mammals in their natural habitats. This field book starts with a mention of traps he designed to capture animals unhurt for study and restocking that would be demonstrated at a meeting with the National [American] Humane Association. The rest of his field notes are dedicated to his trip to Nevada and California, a place he had first explored 48 years earlier. His notes capture so many details of the animal life and land, and the people he interacted with throughout the trip. Please join us as we transcribe these field notes and add them to body of online biodiversity research.

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Bailey - Field notes, Nevada, Oregon, and North Dakota, November 7-December 12, 1907

In the mid-1880's, naturalist Vernon Orlando Bailey (1883-1942) had began sending his collections of birds and mammals to Clinton Hart Merriam, head of the newly formed Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy at the United States Department of Agriculture. Bailey joined the USDA a few years later and quickly rose to the position of chief field naturalist. North Dakota and Oregon were two states in which Bailey conducted intensive biological surveys. Please help us to transcribe this field book of his work there and help to make it easier to access and use.

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Bailey - Field notes, New Mexico and Arizona, July 11-October 7, 1908

If you were a naturalist heading to the Southwest to survey the wildlife and vegetation, would your field notes start when you got there? Vernon Orlando Bailey (1864-1942) started his 1908 field journal from his departure point in Virginia Beach, Virginia - over 1,900 miles away. This chief naturalist for the United States Department of Agriculture was constantly keeping notes about the flora and fauna around him. Whether it was a stop along his train route or in the expedition region, Bailey kept diligent notes. In this field book, he recorded the species observed or collected, their location and elevation. He notes the quantity found sometimes using abbreviations like "abu" for abundant and "com." Others are difficult to make out. Can you help us transcribe Bailey's field book?

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