Stejneger - Diary from Bering Island, 8/31-9/8, 1908
About the Project
How might you handle seeing large-scale harvesting of animals you had spent a decade watching and learning about? Norwegian Leonhard Stejneger (1851-1943) came to the United States to work on the birds of the New World. As his scientific career progressed, he also became such an authority on fur seals of the North Pacific Ocean that President Grover Cleveland appointed him to the International Fur Seal Commission in 1896. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe this diary of his daily experiences while on the Bering Island during the late summer of 1908 and read Stejneger's reflections, including ones on the massive killing of fur seals.