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Did you know two out of every five worldwide species of invertebrate pollinators, such as bees, are now facing extinction? Part of helping solve the complex pollinator crisis is understanding the history of those insect species. Get a crucial look at the pollinator populations of Ireland's past thanks field notes that Arthur Stelfox, a naturalist with the National Museum of Ireland specializing in Hymenoptera, took while collecting insects throughout Ireland. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing his 1931-32 field notes for the next generation of scientists!
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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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While Argentina-born botanist Cleofe Calderon conducted field work across Central and South America, Brazil was at the heart and soul of her research. Why? Brazil was where, in 1976, she re-discovered a species of bamboo called Anomochloa that hadn't been seen in over 90 years. In her lifetime, Calderon also named 18 new species of grasses, and her work is still being used to help researchers understand grass evolution. Help us continue to make her work accessible to present-day scientists by transcribing her field notebook from Brazil in 1976--the same year she made her bamboo discovery!
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Yellowstone National Park was signed into law, becoming the first United States National Park, on March 1, 1872, and has been a popular site for tourists and scientists alike ever since. But what were the park's lands and wildlife like when it just opened, over 140 years ago? Find out with this set of field notes from botanist and Smithsonian curator Joseph Nelson Rose. Rose conducted field work in Yellowstone, among other places, in 1893--just one year after the National Park was established. Explore Rose's notes and botanical lists and help transcribe them!
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Did you know that Machu Picchu--a mountain known for an Incan city built in the 1400s--experiences both wet and dry seasons? This made it an attractive location for the Incas to live and grow food, but what wildlife might that weather sustain, too? Climb up Machu Picchu and other Andean mountains with Martin H. Moynihan's field book. Moynihan, an animal behaviorist and later Director and Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Institute, took these notes in Ecuador and Peru during 1964-66. His observations include elevations recorded as he traveled through the mountains, alongside descriptions of the birds he found. Join other volunteers in transcribing Moynihan's field notes and experience a first-hand account of a trek up Machu Picchu!
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Have you ever seen a mountaintop sunrise? Then you probably know what it's like to pick your way up a trail in the pre-dawn darkness. Animal behaviorist Martin Moynihan starts his fourth volume of Andean field notes in June of 1966 on Machu Picchu, heading out before dawn. Not to catch a gorgeous sunrise. He went to observe the birds on the mountain as dawn approached. Please help us and other digital volunteers complete the transcription of the final volume of Moynihan's Andean Flock field notes. Your contributions make it easier for researcher and scholars to carefully sift through hundreds of detailed observations.
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If you were one of the private citizens asked to serve on the Smithsonian's Board of Regents, what things would you be asked to speak into? The Institution has done much to carry out James Smithson's bequest to the United States of America for the "increase and diffusion of knowledge." It has grown into a unique complex of museums, galleries, and research facilities working across the globe to further the world's understanding of cultures, history and science. From the start 170 years ago, the Board of Regents played an essential advisory and governing role in this endeavor. Please help us to transcribe these documents and learn more about the issues discussed and moved upon by these men and women.