Alexander Wetmore - North Carolina, 1917: To Investigate Damage to Farm Crops
About the Project
How much harm could a mourning dove do to a farmer's crops? in June 1917, naturalist Alexander Wetmore was sent to investigate claims that these birds were doing exactly that in response to a complaint from Mr. J. F. Hunter in North Carolina. The materials begin with a small notebook where Wetmore recorded his trip expenses, then proceeds with a thorough report of his observation and conclusions. Join us to transcribe this material and learn how the United States Department of Agriculture worked with farmers at a time when the nation was beginning to send troops into World War I.