Bailey - Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming, May 1894 - September 1894

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What does a naturalist look for when they explore a new area? Are there clues to what they should find or clues that something bad has happened? As chief field naturalist Vernon Bailey departs Washington, D.C. headed to the Northwest, he looks for clues in the wildlife, the plants and even the soil to explain why some species are hard to find where they were once plentiful. Please join us in transcribing his field notes from a summer trip to the Mountain States in 1894 and get a glimpse of how he "read" the landscape for clues about the wildlife.

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