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Alexander Wetmore - Field Notes, January - August 1904

In these field notes, future Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore includes more exacting details about birds he and fellow travelers studied than he had in previous years. Some of these include measurements, sex, appearance, and collector. Join us in transcribing this record of observation and specimen collecting in in south central Wisconsin and southeastern Kansas.


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Alexander Wetmore - Field notes, January 1898 - April 1902 around North Freedom, Wisconsin, No. 2

It can be challenging to predict which childhood interest will trigger a lifelong passion. In the case of Alexander Wetmore, it was pelicans he watched while on vacation in Florida. He was eight years old. His interest in birds never flagged and led to a correspondence with Smithsonian Secretary Spencer Baird in the late 1890's. Later still, he served as the director of the National Zoological Park and the Smithsonian's sixth Secretary. Join other volunpeers in transcribing the second of two field journals a teen-aged Wetmore kept of observations around his Wisconsin home.


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Edmund Heller - Handwritten China journal, Vol. 3 of 5

Continue the adventure through China with zoologist Edmund Heller by helping transcribe the third of his five-volume set of field notes! Heller, who worked as a naturalist on Smithsonian-led expeditions for over a decade, took these notes while on expedition through China and Burma in 1917. Learn more about Heller’s journey and join other digital volunteers in transcribing!


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Edmund Heller - Handwritten China journal, Vol. 5 of 5

Join the conclusion of the American Museum of Natural History China Expedition with zoologist Edmund Heller! Heller, who served as a naturalist on a variety of Smithsonian expeditions throughout his career, took these field notes while traveling through China and India in 1917. Heller and the rest of the expedition team were conducting a study of the zoology of southern China—find out what the team discovered, then help transcribe!


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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 197-212, 1890-1895

Have you ever heard of Dyar's Law? The now-standard biological rule measures the development of moths and butterflies and is named after National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Before there could be Dyar's Law, however, there first had to be Dyar's field work! This set of notes details Dyar's work in 1890-95 through New York, and includes specimen numbers, dates, and other collecting observations. Explore the beginnings of Dyar's Law and help other volunteers transcribe this important scientific text.


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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 213-270, 1890-1896

What do Dixa dyari, Euleucophaeus dyari, and 70 other insect species have in common? Their scientific names all pay tribute to the same scientist--National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Dyar devoted his life to taxonomy, and classified thousands of new species of butterflies, moths, and mosquitoes, in his lifetime. This field book documents his research from 1890-96 in New York and California. Learn more about Dyar's groundbreaking research and help transcribe his field notes!


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Martin H. Moynihan - Ring-billed Gulls, Pelican Island-Doglake, Manitoba, Canada, 1954-55

Ring-billed gulls—one of the most common species in North America—often nest near the Canadian coasts. But where do these birds travel in colder weather? Track the migration of the ring-billed gulls of Canada with Martin H. Moynihan’s 1954-55 field notes. Moynihan, a biologist and ornithologist, was founding director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, join in on transcribing Moynihan’s field notes!


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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Department of Mammals, 1893-1894

In 1894, information management was already a challenge for the Smithsonian's Assistant Secretary G. Brown Goode. The United States National Museum had been open to the public for 13 years and the growth in its collections and activities had not slackened. Keeping track of the curators' progress was hindered by the freeform styles of their respective reports. So a standard set of questions was set out as a template for the annual reports. Join us and other volunteers as we transcribe Frederick W. True's effort to use this template in his 1894 report.


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Waldo Schmitt - Expeditions to South America, correspondence, 1925 - 1930

Even the most intrepid explorers miss home from time to time—the Smithsonian’s Waldo Schmitt was no exception. Schmitt, a biologist and curator with the United States National Museum, received this correspondence while he was traveling through South America from 1925-30. In addition to work matters from the Smithsonian, Schmitt received updates (and some interesting illustrations!) from his wife, Alvina, and children, Waldo Jr. and Barbara. Get a glimpse into the personal life of the Smithsonian’s Dr. Waldo L. Schmitt and join in on transcribing!