Vernon Bailey - Field notes, July 18-September 5, 1892

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How important was understanding the environment to 19th century business owners? In 1885, the United States Department of Agriculture established a group to focus on "economic ornithology and mammology." This included naturalist Vernon Bailey who, early in his career with the USDA found himself in the field documenting mammals, birds and plants in many different states.This field book describes the collecting efforts of Bailey through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia from July through early September 1892. Scientific names of mammals observed are organized by date and place name with botanical and ornithological lists interspersed.

Join us in transcribing this field books which begins with a "Prairie dogs report" and also includes hand-drawn depictions of prairie dogs and "coon tracks".

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