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Bailey - Field notes, Texas and New Mexico, June 6-September 27, 1902

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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Bailey - Field notes, Texas and New Mexico, May 2-October 1, 1901

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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Bohumil Shimek - Diary, European trip, 1914 (1 of 2)

** 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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Bohumil Shimek - Diary, European trip, 1914 (2 of 2)

Could you keep focusing on your research if war was breaking out around you? The second volume of naturalist Bohumil Shimek begins on 23 July 1914 with him rushing to the Botanical Garden in Halle, Germany just five days before the start of World War I. In his entry that day, he observes a felled oak tree whose growth measurements were linked to major military events as far back as the Westphalian Peace in 1648. Two weeks later, Germany declared war on France. Despite this, Shimek continued his research in central European botany, traveling in Germany and Austria-Hungary Empire until early September. His diary entries carefully note his botanical work along with keen observations of the changes happening around him. Please help us transcribe the second half of Shimek's diary, written mostly in English with just a little Czech. The first volume is here.

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Book no. 1, H.A. Allard, field collection specimen no. 1-1710

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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Frederick W. True and Daniel W. Prentiss, Jr. - Maine, 1897

What animals could you catch with oatmeal, anise or bacon? Frederick W. True and Daniel Prentiss, Jr., were in Maine in the summer of 1897 studying a variety of mammals, including moles and shrews. This brief specimen catalog documents that summer's work with the field number, scientific name, sex, locality or town, date, measurements, and sometimes special remarks that talk about the collecting method, collector, habitat and additional location information. Join us and other digital volunteers in transcribing this part of True's research notes.

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Gull Notes (2 of 3)

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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H. G. Dyar - Bluebook (1885 - 86)

What kind of work goes into writing a scientific article? Harrison G. Dyar, Jr. (1866-1929) published extensively in his primary field of study: moths, butterflies, mosquitoes and sawflies. He began his research in his teenage years and published his first of many scientific papers shortly after his graduation from MIT in 1889. These field notes date back to his late teens in New England and are sometimes quite brief, at other times more descriptive. Please join us to transcribe and unlock the first of many field books of this highly regarded entomologist.

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Harrison G. Dyar - A catalogue of Lepidoptera, 1885 - 1913

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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Harrison G. Dyar - Bluebook 131 - 157

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.