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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary 1: Hymenoptera

Take a trip through Ireland at the end of the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) with naturalist and architect Arthur Wilson Stelfox. Stelfox, Assistant Naturalist at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, began this set of field notes in May 1921, and documents his specimen collection work through May 1926. In addition to his observations on the weather ("a wettish, dull day!"), Stelfox?s field book includes data about specimens including insects to bats. Help us transcribe these specimen notes! Want to dive even deeper into an entomology project? We also encourage you to check out a Bumblebee Project!

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Vol. 2, daily lists

Looking to learn more about insects after working on transcriptions for the Bumblebee Project? Get a new perspective on biology research from this fascinating Arthur Wilson Stelfox field book documenting his work collecting insects (primarily hymenoptera, which include species like wasps, bees, and ants.) This work took the Irish-native and Assistant Naturalist at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, across his home country. His notes, from March 1929 through April 1931, includes specimen data and environmental observations, as well as Stelfox's own thoughts about future collecting. Help us make this fascinating field book accessible to the public!

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Book no. 2, H.A. Allard, field collection specimen no. 1711-3420

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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Cleofe Calderon - Brazil, 1974

While Argentina-born botanist Cloefe Calderon conducted field work across Central and South America, Brazil was at the heart and soul of her research into plant species. 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 1974--some of the research leading up to her bamboo discovery!

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Ira Gabrielson - Diary, 1931-1935

What does it take to change the way a whole country understands and interacts with its wildlife? One of many committed naturalists determined to see American biodiversity documented, understood and maintained was Ira Gabrielson (1889-1977). After three years of being a school teacher, Gabrielson joined the Bureau of Biological Survey in 1915. He kept a diary more or less daily, and his entries contain a wide range of information about the specimens and the people he worked with in a variety of settings. In the four years that this volume covers, Gabrielson was often traveling and publishing his first book "Western American Alpines" (1932). Join us in transcribing this diary from a man who would go on to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and to help organize the World Wildlife Fund.

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Ira Gabrielson - Diary, 1936-1939

In the late 1930's national wildlife management and conservation was undergoing a major change. The United States was still recovering from the Great Depression. Ira Gabrielson, head of the Bureau of Biological Survey was in the thick of this transition and would become the first director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services organization in 1940. This diary contains his more or less daily notes, ranging from field investigations and park development to meetings and conferences to move forward legislation. Notes on birds and mammals are also included, as are some interesting story ideas. Join us in transcribing Gabrielson's diary and learn more about the day-to-day life of a wildlife conservation pioneer.

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J. G. Cooper - Journal, 1853 - 1854

Have you dreamed of leaving your job to pursue your real passions full time? Dr. James Graham Cooper wrestled with the same problem after only two years of practicing medicine back in the early 1850's. He longed to return to the study of nature and its impact on human welfare. With the encouragement of the Smithsonian's Spencer Fullerton Baird, Cooper used his skills as a physician to join the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey in Washington state as a physician-naturalist from 1853 to late 1855. This kicked off a ten-year career as a pioneering naturalist. He made the leap. Join other digital volunteers and scholars to transcribe his journal of daily details and specimen notes from this expedition.

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J. G. Cooper - Journal, 1855-1856

Over a century ago, physician-naturalist James Graham Cooper (1830-1902) was immersed in nature studies along the Pacific coast of North America and beginning to formulate new ideas about the interrelationships between forests and climate. In the 1850's railroad companies were surveying new lands for transcontinental routes. Cooper joined the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey in 1853. Two years later he began is journey home from Washington state to the East Coast by way of Panama. Please help us transcribe his journal of observations noted during his return trip to make them more accessible to future researchers.

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Journal of Facts in Natural History - Volume 2, 1867-1869

**Help us wrap this up!** 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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Land and freshwater mollusca found in Great Britain and Ireland by Arthur Stelfox, 1911-1917

Could clams help create an environment where fossils can form? Fragments of hadrosaur eggshells were found in only two sites at Dinosaur Provincial Park of southern Alberta that contained large amounts of pisidiid (pea) clams and other species. Scientists think calcium carbonate released from the shells helped the fragile eggshells to fossilize. Irish naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) was studying non-marine Mollusca in Great Britain and Ireland long before the findings in Canada. This journal contains his field notes from June 1911 to September 1917. Specimen lists includes comments about abundance, commonality, measurements, and water temperatures along with some photographs. Join us and help transcribe Stelfox's notes for easier access by today's paleontologists and scholars.