Journal, California, 1907

About the Project

Have you ever watched birds through a pair of binoculars? At the end of the nineteenth century, the study of birds typically focused on collected specimens. Naturalist Florence Merriam Bailey (1863-1948) was at the forefront of a movement to study living birds in the field. Having gained recognition as a naturalist while studying at Smith College, her passionate advocacy for the protection of birds was expressed in her articles and publications, her work to form local Audubon Societies, and her activity with the Committee on Bird Protection of the American Ornithologists Union.

Help us transcribe this field journal of her trip with her husband Vernon Bailey, a U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey naturalist, and others to California, Oregon and Washington in the fall of 1907 and see what captured the attention this remarkable naturalist.

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