Hawaii, 1923 (Tanager Expedition) : journal, 10 March - 21 August, typescript copy

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The copied, typed journal documents Alexander Wetmore's participation in the Tanager Expedition, 1923, while working for the U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Biological Survey. The expedition was conducted with the cooperation of the U.S. Navy, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, and USDA. Begins with an itinerary. Subjects discussed include: presence and harvesting of bat guano and on Laysan Island; detailed description of Laysan Island on approach; discussion of observed bird life (several mentions of Albatross), vegetation, and animals; descriptions of hikes across the island and its varying terrain; introduction of Laysan Rail to other islands; birds lists; bird counts; staffing lists. Similar information is listed for subsequent islands visited. Sites visited include: Grass, Seal, Lisianski, Nihoa, Necker, Kaula, Johnston, and Peale Island as well as French Frigate Shoals, and Gardner Pinnacles.

Date Range


Start Date

Mar 10, 1923

End Date

Aug 21, 1923

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Guano industry
  • Birds--Counting
  • Ornithology


  • Wake Islands
  • Laysan Island
  • Necker Island
  • Nihoa
  • French Frigate Shoals
  • United States
  • Gardner Pinnacles
  • Hawaii
  • Lisianski Island
  • Johnston Island
  • Peale Island
  • Hawaiian Islands
  • Kaula


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 142 Folder 5