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Cleofé Calderon - Brasil 1972, 2

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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Eike - Field notes, 1950 - 1953

James Eike kept detailed records of the birds he observed throughout his life, even up to the weeks before he died. This set of his notes captures what he saw and heard in the early 1950’s. Unlike his later notes, these are more descriptive including what he was doing and the types of songs and species behavior he observed. His work continues to be recognized by the Virginia Society of Ornithologists by the James Eike Service Award. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe this part of Eike’s many field notes.

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Harrison G. Dyar - Bluebook 158-196

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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Howler monkeys (Alouatta), Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 1958-1960

Imagine waking each morning to the sounds of howler monkeys, the loudest animals in the New World. Their vocalizations can be heard over three miles away in a dense forestand they are one of many species that captured Martin Moynihan's attention as he studied the biodiversity of Central America. He takes pains to describe their vocalizations and other behavior. When you run across his unusual annotations, you can take a look at other completed Moynihan transcription projects. Come join digital volunteers to transcribe his carefully documented observations of howler monkeys in Panama.

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

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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Negative Log Book Number 13, (80-20261 to 82-531)

Help us unlock the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of photographs taken between 1980 and 1982 in order to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past! We need registered volunteers to help review these transcribed pages.

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Negative Log Book Number 14, (82-532 to 83-3726)

Help us unlock the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of photographs taken between 1982 and 1983 in order to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past! We need registered volunteers to help review these transcribed pages.

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Negative Log Book Number 15, (83-3727 to 84-5411)

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 1983 and 1984 photographs to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past! Volunteers transcribed this and have already begun to review each others work. We need more registered volunteers to help review these transcribed pages.

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Negative Log Book Number 16, (84-5412 to 85-7765)

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!