Bailey, V. O., Montana, Washington, October 1930 - November 1930

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The journal documents Vernon Orlando Bailey's fieldwork in Montana, Washington, October 17 - November 20, 1930. Entries are dated and includes descriptions of travel to Billings, Montana, to inspect coyote traps and poison lines. Subject matter includes travel details (times of day, destinations, distances), interactions with colleagues, weather and temperature, terrain (marshes), vegetation (types), observed wildlife (including muskrats, gophers, coyotes and notes on abundance), specimens collected (some with sex, location, date, weight, and stomach contents), list of birds and mammals observed per location with quantities, summaries of conversations local officials about wildlife populations, coyote droppings; and meetings with local trappers. Some locations are identified by names of rancher owners. Locations include but not limited to Rotten Grass Creek, Montana; Yakima, Washington.

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 17, 1930

End Date

Nov 20, 1930

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Mammals at 202-633-1253 to make an appointment.


  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Montana
  • Billings
  • Yakima
  • Rotten Grass Creek
  • United States
  • Washington


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-443

Collection name

Mammal Section, Bird and Mammal Labs, Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of the Interior, Division of Mammals

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Mammals