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This undated manuscript is just one of amateur ornithologist Florence Merriam Bailey's extensive body of work. At the forefront of a movement to change the ways in which birds were seen by society and studied by naturalists, she authored ten books and nearly 100 articles of her ornithological work. Put off by the use of feathers and whole birds in fashion, she started her first Audubon Society while at college. She devoted her life to the study and protection of birds, advocating forcefully for a change to study by observation in the field first rather than begin on a laboratory bench. Please help us transcribe the work of this persuasive naturalist and pioneer.
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Chief field naturalist Vernon Bailey is back in Texas and New Mexico in the summer of 1902, capturing the details of his collecting efforts for the United States Bureau of Biological Survey in this field notebook. It includes a variety of lists – some of scientific names of specimens observed and gathered, another one of places in Texas. Team up with other digital volunteers to transcribe this notebook and you may find Bailey’s entry about spotting the “Passer domesticus.”
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How long do you think it takes to thoroughly study an ecosystem? In the summer and early fall of 1900, Vernon Bailey had ranged between westernmost Texas and northern California studying and collecting plant and animal specimens for the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey. Now, a year later, he returns to his field study of biodiversity in Texas and New Mexico. This field notebook contains his notes during this time, including a list of scientific names of bird specimens collected, a plant catalog of specimens no. 320 - 465 and travel itinerary information. Join digital volunteers to help us transcribe these notes, making them more accessible and useful to today's biodiversity researchers.
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** If you can read Czech, we need you! Help us and other digital volunteers to finish transcribing Shimek's first volume of notes from his trip to Europe on the eve of World War I. ** Practicing a new language on your first trip to Europe? Surveyor-turned-naturalist Bohumil Shimek was working on Czech when he traveled from Iowa to Prague as an exchange professor of botany in 1914. Just before open hostilities broke out in what became known as the Great War or World War I. A son of Czech immigrants, Shimek came to be well known for his contributions to the field of botany in North America - over 205,000 plant specimens. Take note, he writes in English and Czech! English speakers may want to start here, a few pages in. You also might enjoy this blog post about his trip.
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The first volume of a list of Allard's collected specimens includes numbers 1-1710 collected in the course of his work in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia from 1930-1936. The specimen entries are dated and include locality, scientific name, and notes regarding growing conditions. A newspaper clipping was found in the book dated Sunday, September 29, 1946 from The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C. entitled "Harry A. Allard, 66, to retire; co-discovered botanical law". Help us to transcribe Allard's specimen collecting notes and make them more accessible to researchers and scholars.
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What kind of passion drives a person to pioneering efforts over and over again? Florence M. Bailey (1863-1948) might be a good example. Devoted to the study and protection of birds, she started the Smith College Audubon Society while at the college. By the time she was twenty-two, she had become the first female associate member of the Ornithologists Union (1885). An amateur ornithologist, she would go on to even more firsts, always advocating for the use of binoculars, not shotguns, to observe birds. Please help us transcribe Florence's 1887 diary and get a glimpse into her life two years after becoming a member of the Ornithologists Union.
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For many of us, gulls bring to mind an ever-present flock of birds on summer beaches. Of course, there’s much more to them than that. In 1955 and 1956, Martin Moynihan of the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute, traveled along the western edge of South America to observe gulls from Peru south to Punta Arenas, Chile – just over 8 miles from Antarctica. His field notes reflect his attention to detail including time of day, changes of appearance, notations of the birds’ songs , sketches and other annotations. Please join us in transcribing his firsthand observations and discover some of the similarities and differences through the eyes of this important tropical naturalist.
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Maybe your passion has taken you across the continent. Harrison G. Dyar's lengthy excursions collecting and cataloging lepidoptera were just a part of his entomological studies. As honorary custodian of the U.S. National Museum's Lepidoptera collection Dyar worked diligently to expand and systematically arranging this collection. Join us in transcribing his catalog that spans 28 years of collecting from 1885 to 1913 and documents almost 40,000 specimens. The entries are laid out in a chart format by specimen number and name, along with the name of the collector, and the collection date and location. Locations include the Pacific Northwest, the Mountain West, New England and the Caribbean. This work helps to make this information available to further entomological research.
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What might you learn about butterflies from studying their larvae? Harrison G. Dyar (1866-1929) grew interested in studying insects as a teenager and it became a lifelong passion. His work has resulted in tools that today's entomologists use when studying immature insects. This field notebook is his personal record of observations during 1889 - 1890, documenting his collection of specimens BB 137 - BB 157 in California, Arizona, New York, and Florida. Entries are headed with number, scientific name, vegetation, sometimes date. Descriptions cover specimen characteristics (appearance, color, per body part, measurements), life cycle (growth rate, eggs, larva), rearing data. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe and unlock the first of many field books of this highly regarded entomologist.
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Already well known by the 1830's for his scientific vision and his dedication to acquiring and disseminating knowledge, Joseph Henry (1797-1878) was to become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. A physicist, Henry kept this handwritten record of his research conducted during the last half of the 1830's. It describes his work with electromagnetism and other varied experiments dating from his time as a professor of natural philosophy at the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University. If you want to start at the beginning of this first volume, you will need to start in the middle. Henry started his record with a partially used ledger. The ledger begins with a set of accounts in an unknown neat clerical hand. Henry's entries begin in the middle of the volume, continue to the end, and then pick up again at the beginning of the book, ending in the middle.