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Have you ever seen a bobcat up close, close enough to touch? Did it live to tell the tale? During his time as chief field naturalist for the Bureau of Biological Survey, Vernon Bailey (1864-1942) contributed over 13,000 specimens to the Biological Survey, curated specimens collected by fellow field agents and also designed two types of traps that left the animals and birds caught for examination unhurt. "The Mammals and Life Zones of Oregon" is one of his outstanding publications. Please help us transcribe one of the field log books Bailey kept of his work in Oregon to make it more accessible to fellow researchers and scholars.
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Fourteen year old Robert Ridgway saw a bird near his home that he couldn't identify. His desire to know was so strong that he wrote to the commissioner of patents, who, knowing little about birds, passed on this boy's letter and drawing to ornithological authority Spencer Baird. Professor Baird wrote back that the bird was a Purple Finch thus beginning a regular correspondence between young Ridgway and the second Secretary of the Smithsonian. Years later, Ridgway joined the Smithsonian and made international contributions in the areas of systematic nomenclature and color studies. Please help us transcribe the notations on these bird head drawings from his personal papers using the special instructions under READ MORE.
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This second volume of H. A. Allard's field book list of collected specimens includes numbers 1711-3420 collected in the course of his work in Virginia, and West Virginia from 1936-1937. His dated specimen entries include locality, scientific name, and notes regarding growing conditions. Many of the specimens were collected in the Bull Run Mountains, an area in Virginia's northern piedmont which is home to several forest and woodland community types, some of them rare botanical communities. Help us to transcribe Allard's specimen collecting notes and make them more accessible to researchers and scholars.
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Not all bamboo is alike. In the second half of the 20th century, new genera and species of the grass subfamily Bambusoideae were being described as a result of explorations in Central and South America. Among the most prolific researchers collecting and describing new species of bamboo were Cleofé E. Calderon (1929-2007) and her colleague Thomas R. Soderstrom (1936-1987). All of their research was conducted with the National Museum of Natural History, and their collaboration produced scores of papers in botanical journals. This field book contains a list of botanical specimens, mainly bamboo, collected by Dr. Calderon from 26 April to 13 May 1972 in Brazil with notes from Panama the previous year. Help us transcribe these field notes documenting taxonomic names of specimens, soil samples, temperatures, and photo records and learn more about her work in the Brazilian fall of 1972.
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Butterflies live on almost every continent. Less widely known than bees as pollinating insects, butterflies are admittedly less valuable than bees when it comes to commercial agriculture. However, butterflies and moths are very sensitive to changes in the environment. Because of this, they are valuable early indicators of ecosystem changes. At the turn of the 20th century, Harrison G. Dyar's study of lepidoptera larvae revealed that their growth followed a predictable geometric progression. Changes in this progression point to potentially significant changes in the environment. Help us transcribe this volume of Dyar's collecting notes and observations to make this firsthand knowledge more accessible to scholars and researchers. Also, if you are also interested in bees, you may want to explore the Bumblebees transcription projects.
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Do you like a real challenge? Are you interested in insects or an amateur entomologist? Benjamin Dann Walsh, the first state entomologist of Illinois, penned a two-volume set of field notes entitled “Journal of Facts in Natural History” recording his field activity in the Rock Island, Illinois area of the Mississippi River from 1867 to 1869. Digital volunteers have already transcribed his first volume. Try your hand at transcribing this second volume of Walsh’s detailed notes of insects in this region and help us expand our understanding of Mississippi River biodiversity during the Civil War.
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The Smithsonian Institution has used photography to document artifacts, events, and exhibits for virtually its entire history. Help us unlock the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of 1984 and 1985 photographs to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past!
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The Smithsonian Institution has used photography to document artifacts, events, and exhibits for virtually its entire history. Help us unlock the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of 1985 and 1986 photographs to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past!
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In 1896, the first Smithsonian's first photographer Thomas Smilie began to document the work of the Institution. In the 1970's, the Smithsonian Photographic Services was formed as the latest group to continue his work. This corps of photographers logged their work in a series of handwritten logbooks. Help us unlock the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of photographs taken between 1986 and 9188 to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past!