Alexander Wetmore - Western United States, 1918

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What happens to the land when flocks of migrating birds pass through? In 1918, migrating ducks were a source of great concern to farmers in the western United States, particularly rice farmers. The reports and correspondence in ornithologist Alexander Wetmore's field journal capture the tension between agricultural interests and wildlife protection in different parts of the country. Initially with the Bureau of Biological Survey and later Secretary of the Smithsonian, Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978) and others spent considerable effort to explore and analyze the issue. Join other volunpeers in transcribing this material for a close look at discussions and first-hand discoveries being made in 1918.

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