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Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, chiefly hymenoptera, 1931-32, Vol. 4

Did you know two out of every five worldwide species of invertebrate pollinators, such as bees, are now facing extinction? Part of helping solve the complex pollinator crisis is understanding the history of those insect species. Get a crucial look at the pollinator populations of Ireland's past thanks field notes that Arthur Stelfox, a naturalist with the National Museum of Ireland specializing in Hymenoptera, took while collecting insects throughout Ireland. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing his 1931-32 field notes for the next generation of scientists!


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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, 1976, Vol. 3

While Argentina-born botanist Cleofe Calderon conducted field work across Central and South America, Brazil was at the heart and soul of her research. 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 1976--the same year she made her bamboo discovery!


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Cleofe Calderon - Tropical America, 1967-68

Ola! We are calling on our Transcription Center volunteers who can read Portuguese to pitch in on this exciting field book! In 1971, a new genus of grasses, Calderonella, was found and named in honor of Argentina-born botanist Cleofe Calderon, who made this discovery--one find in a lifetime's worth of biological field work. Calderon named 18 new species of grasses, and re-discovered a species of bamboo called Anomochloa that hadn't been seen in over 90 years. Her work is still being used to help researchers understand grass evolution today. Help make Calderon's work more accessible for present-day biologists and botanists by transcribing her field notes!


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Edmund Heller - List of birds collected in Peru, 1914-15

The top of Machu Picchu sits on a mountain nearly 8,000 feet above sea level--what type of birds might you find perched that far above ground? Find out with naturalist Edmund Heller's bird list from the 1915 National Geographic Society Yale University Peruvian Expedition. Heller's list documents the observed birds' common names, as well as where they were spotted on the expedition. Join the trek to Machu Picchu and help transcribe this bird list for present day ornithologists! And don't forget to check out Heller's diaries from the expedition, also ready for transcription!


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H.G. Deignan - Field Catalog, Ceylon, 1944

The island of Sri Lanka is less than 900 miles from India--at one time even sharing a land bridge--but has its own distinct flora and fauna. In fact, while India and Sri Lanka have similar types of native birds, many have developed into distinct Sri Lankan species, different in plumage to the related birds of India! Get insight into the birds, mammals, and other wildlife of Sri Lanka with ornithologist Herbert G. Deignan's 1944 field catalog. Deignan would go on to become Curator of the Division of Birds at the United States National Museum, and spent his career studying the native bird populations throughout Asia. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing Deignan's fascinating field catalog!


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H.G. Deignan - Field Catalog, Siam, 1935-37

Though Thailand is only approximately 198,000 square miles in total area, it is home to almost a thousand species of birds--many of which are rare or facing endangerment. Now more than ever, it is important that the work of ornithologists like Herbert G. Deignan are available to present-day researchers! Deignan--future curator of the US National Museum's Division of Birds--conducted extensive field work studying the native birds of Thailand throughout the late 1920s and 1930s. Help transcribe a piece of Deignan's decades-worth of important field work and make information about the endangered bird species of Thailand available for future ornithologists!


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Joseph Nelson Rose - Field Notebook 1, 1893, 1897, 1912

Yellowstone National Park was signed into law, becoming the first United States National Park, on March 1, 1872, and has been a popular site for tourists and scientists alike ever since. But what were the park's lands and wildlife like when it just opened, over 140 years ago? Find out with this set of field notes from botanist and Smithsonian curator Joseph Nelson Rose. Rose conducted field work in Yellowstone, among other places, in 1893--just one year after the National Park was established. Explore Rose's notes and botanical lists and help transcribe them!


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Martin H. Moynihan - Field Notes, Andean Birds, Colombia, 1962-65, Vol. 4

Have you ever seen a mountaintop sunrise? Then you probably know what it's like to pick your way up a trail in the pre-dawn darkness. Animal behaviorist Martin Moynihan starts his fourth volume of Andean field notes in June of 1966 on Machu Picchu, heading out before dawn. Not to catch a gorgeous sunrise. He went to observe the birds on the mountain as dawn approached. Please help us and other digital volunteers complete the transcription of the final volume of Moynihan's Andean Flock field notes. Your contributions make it easier for researcher and scholars to carefully sift through hundreds of detailed observations.


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Vernon Bailey - Field Notes, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, April-June 1892

Most of the land that now makes up the state of Louisiana formed from sediment washing down the Mississippi River--what type of plants and animals do you think would thrive in that type of environment? Discover more about the wildlife of the southern United States with naturalist Vernon Bailey's 1892 field notes. Bailey spent decades conducting research as the Chief Field Naturalist for the Bureau of Biological Survey. Explore Bailey's notes and help transcribe them for generations of future scientists!