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Spent a few hours today volunteering at the @fieldmuseum for their @wedigbio event this weekend. This was my third year doing it and it’s always a really great experience. A few years ago I was volunteering regularly in their botany department and I still frequently wish I had the time in my schedule to continue doing so, but this event today gave me a little taste of what I’ve been missing out on! There weren’t enough computers for all the volunteers to do the typical digital cataloging of the collections, so some of us got to repackage moss specimens! These sort of tasks probably seem routine and monotonous but I love looking at all the different labels, and taking peeks inside all the little paper parcels. There’s so many lovely little plants with amazing textures and colors! ✨🌱✨ The oldest specimen I handled today was from 1884! 😱 I did not previously have a favorite type of moss, but I think I do now, since I repackaged a bunch of moss specimens from the genus Timmiella! It’s got my nickname in it, correct spelling and everything! 😊 #TimmiObviously #NotElla  #wedigbio #fieldmuseum #botany #botanicalcollection #wedigbio2018 #thefieldmuseum #chicago #chicagogram #moss #cryptogam #bryophyte
It's a family affair here now with @NHCCatVT President Rebecca and her mom and sister! Tea time starts at 3:30--come on by! #WeDigBio https://www.facebook.com/events/476900816140605/
Sometimes it takes more than one pair of eyes to decipher historic documents! Thank you to everyone who participated in our WeDigBio transcription events yesterday. #chicagoacademyofsciences #naturemuseum #wedigbio #archives #transcription
We already have four volunteers on site and one at home! Stop by and join the show! #WeDigBio https://www.facebook.com/events/476900816140605/
Getting all set up for our #WeDigBio volunteer event this morning! Lots of parking on Perry St with fall break so come on out! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/476900816140605/
Tomorrow's transcription expedition on #notesfromnature is ready! Big thanks to Michael Denslow for his help! #WeDigBio Come join us tomorrow! http://bit.ly/2018WeDigBio
WeDigBio at the Nature Museum! We are busily transcribing historical documents from the 1800s. #chicagoacademyofsciences #naturemuseum #wedigbio #archives
Violunteering at the #FieldMuseum #wedigbio #specimens #science #biology #naturalhistory
Whoa. This letter made me pause and reflect on life. William Stimpson was a prominent malacologist and Director of the Chicago Academy of Sciences when the Great Chicago Fire hit in October 1871. This letter was written to Stimpson’s wife from one of Stimpson’s long time friends, Theodore Gill, two days after Stimpson died and only 1 year and 7 months after the fire devastated Chicago. #chicagoacademyofsciences #naturemuseum #archives #transcription #wedigbio
Get ready for WeDigBio! Join us at the Nature Museum to transcribe historic documents from our archives. Check out the fun swag too! This one is activated by the Libraries of Life app! #chicagoacademyofsciences #naturemuseum #wedigbio #ilovemuseums #transcription
Are you interested in contributing to scientific and historical knowledge? Join us at the Nature Museum for WeDigBio, a world wide natural history collections transcription event! We will be diving into history through our archives. Sign up at http://naturemuseum.org/programs-events-and-camps/adult-programs/wedigbio. #chicagoacademyofsciences #naturemuseum #wedigbio #archives #transcription #ilovemuseums #science
#WeDigBio swag on its way soon! Stickers & tattoos will start going out on Sept 24 to those who have registered events by then. We'll continue to send swag after that as event registrations are received, but we encourage everyone to register your event soon to ensure receipt. WeDigBio 2018 is Oct 18–21. https://wedigbio.org/content/ready-make-wedigbio-2018-event-best-ever