Category Archives: Field notes

From the Archives: Following the bird song

Written by Emily Domanico, fourth year majoring in History of Art and minoring in Chemistry. Following bird songs, naturalist Joseph Grinnell photographed this nest of a black-chinned sparrow while on a collection trip in the San Jacinto Mountains back in May 1908. … Continue reading

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Catching the bug

If anything has been impressed upon me about CalDay it is that kids are smarter than we think and that they are excited about science. My greatest joy participating in CalDay is answering questions from curious would be scientists. This innate curiosity is … Continue reading

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The Bone Dagger Discovery

Written by Anna Hiller, Curatorial Assistant A few weeks ago Carla Cicero (Staff Curator of Birds) and I pulled a Cassowary skeleton (Casuarius bennetti hecki) to send a humerus to a researcher for sectioning. Since the Cassowary is an example of a … Continue reading

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Humanizing an Academic

Written by Ajay Yalamanchi, second year Integrative Biology major. My URAP position this semester involved digitizing the field notes of Dr. Charles S. Thaeler, Jr. I spent the first two weeks simply scanning the material, and I’m not going to lie, … Continue reading

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Working with the Notebooks of Dr. Robert Stebbins

Written by Sharleen Lee, first-year, Applied Mathematics and Classics majors. When you were a child, did you watch countless hours of nature programs on National Geographic, Animal Planet, and Discovery? Well, I did. And I often wondered how these scientists … Continue reading

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Finding Aids on the Online Archive of California Highlight Field Notes and MVZ Specimens

Thanks to the ongoing hard work of MVZ Archives team members such as Greg Borman, content-rich finding aids have rapidly begun to populate the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology page on the Online Archive of California (OAC). Finding aids that feature … Continue reading

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An early encounter with Grinnell

Hello blog readers! My name is Greg Borman, and I joined the Archives team in May to help make fieldnotes, correspondence, annotated maps, and related materials more accessible to researchers. While these materials contain a rich array of scientific insight, … Continue reading

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