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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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Bailey - Field notes, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, 1907

In the 400 miles between Santa Rosa, Arizona and Escondido, California, you would expect to find a variety of plant and animal life--but how would you even begin to keep track of it all? Take a cue from naturalist Vernon Bailey's field book, where he kept track of specimen lists on this same journey in 1907. Bailey was chief naturalist with the Bureau of Biological Survey, and collected specimens and recorded observations from locations across the country. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing Bailey's field work to make it accessible for present-day researchers.

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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. 2

Argentina-born botanist Cleofe Calderon conducted field work across Central and South America, but Brazil became the real 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 would name 18 new species of grasses (and a genus would be named after her!), and her work is still being used to help researchers understand grass evolution. Help us continue to make Calderon's work accessible to present-day scientists by transcribing her field notebook from Brazil in 1976--the very year she made her bamboo discovery!

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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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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.

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Martin H. Moynihan - Field notes, Andean Birds, Colombia, 1962-65, Vol. 2

The Cordillera Central range is the highest of the mountains that make up the Colombian Andes, reaching heights of over 17,000 feet. What types of birds would you expect to find all the way up there? Explore the Cordillera range and the rest of the Andes mountains with Martin H. Moynihan's field book. Moynihan, an animal behaviorist and later Director and Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Institute, took these notes in Colombia during 1962-65. His observations include elevations recorded as he traveled through the Andes, alongside descriptions of the birds he found. Join other volunteers in transcribing Moynihan's field notes and experience a first-hand account of a trek through the Andes mountains!