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POBPS, how they did it : when science meets military interest

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 01 March 2018 · 82 views

In the middle of the Cold War, the Smithsonian Institution embarked on the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP) to survey U.S. territory islands and atolls dotting the central Pacific Ocean. From 1963 to 1969, researchers sought to inventory the plants and animals present on the islands, observe seasonal variations in numbers and repr...


The Birds of the World, German Edition

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 26 October 2017 · 267 views

Bechstein, Johann Matthäus. Johann Lathams allgemeine Uebersicht der Vögel. Bd.2:t.2 (1795). German translation of John Latham's A General Synopsis of Birds. Digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London. http://s.si.edu/2hDSp9n.

At the end of the eighteenth century, the "father of German ornithology" began publishing a German transl...


The Final Contribution of Sir William Jardine, Scottish Ornithologist

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 24 August 2017 · 538 views

Jardine’s parrot or red-fronted parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi). Drawn from a specimen brought back from the Congo by Jardine’s son William, for whom it was named. Jardine, William. Contributions to Ornithology, Vol. 2. Edinburgh :W.H. Lizars, 1848-1853. Digitized by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Library and Archives. http:...


Do Birds and Mammals Destroy Fish Populations? One 19th Century Naturalist Was Commissioned to Find Out.

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 25 May 2017 · 1,107 views

By Amy Zhang and Tomoko Y. Steen, Ph.D.

Library of Congress

Warren, Benjamin Harry. Some Birds and Mammals which Destroy Fish and Game. Clarence M. Busch, state printer of Pennsylvania, 1897. Digitized by The Library of Congress. http://www.biodivers.../page/29736925. Illustration reproduced from Audu...


Notes from William Brewster: The Evolving Field of Zoology

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 06 April 2017 · 1,155 views

By Elizabeth Meyer 

Project Assistant, Ernst Mayr Library of Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology 

As a part of the Field Notes Project, the Ernst Mayr Library is digitizing the journals, correspondences and photographs of William Brewster (1851-1919), a self-trained ornithologist and specimen curator a...


We All Remember the Hessian Mercenaries....

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 31 March 2017 · 5,616 views

By Rick Wright 

Writer, lecturer, and professional tour leader.

BHL Guest Blogger.

The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777. By John Trumbull. Depicting the death of the American General Hugh Mercer at the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777 during the American Revolutionary War. So...


The First Singapore Bird Book

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 23 February 2017 · 778 views

By Ong Eng Chuan

Senior Librarian

National Library, National Library Board, Singapore

Despite its relatively small size and urbanized environment, Singapore has a rich avifauna which has attracted interest since the 19th century. However, it was only in 1927 that the first book on the birds of Singapore was printed - Th...


Coloring Our Collections: The Art of Lithography

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 09 February 2017 · 659 views

This year for Color Our Collections, we've produced a coloring book with illustrations from books that represent the evolution of the art of printing. This week on our blog, we'll explore the books featured in the coloring book and the printing techniques used for the illustrations.

You can download our 2017 Color Our...


The Case of the Mistaken Manakin

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 13 October 2016 · 652 views

Since the end of the twentieth century, the genus name Dixiphia has been associated with the white-crowned manakin. A recent investigation, made possible in part thanks to BHL, demonstrated that Dixiphia did not refer to a manakin at all, but was in fact a junior synonym of the white-headed marsh tyrant (genus Arundinicola).

The whi...


Celebrating the Birds of South America

  Posted by Chris Merkord , 28 July 2016 · 729 views

By Gretchen Rings 

Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian 

Gantz Family Collections Center, Science & Education 

The Field Museum

Plate 31: Le Cotinga pacapaca, male. Le Vaillant, François. Histoire naturelle d'une partie d'oiseaux nouveaux et rares de l'Amerique et des Indes. 1801. Di...