Field notes, Boston to eastern Canada, 1887

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Field notes taken by Palmer during a trip from Boston to eastern Canada, 26 June to 30 August 1887. Notes are narrative, daily accounts interspersed with lists of birds collected including the following information: scientific name, sex, age, locality, and if breeding. Collector numbers include 1-179. Narrative notes include supplemental information such as occurrence, more breeding information, localities, and Palmer's daily activities. Localities include but are not limited to. Pleasant Bay on Gunstone Island, Bird Rocks, Amherst Island, Magdalen Islands, Funk Island (Newfoundland), Fogo Island, and Mingan Island. Sketches are included at the end of the notebook.

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 26, 1887

End Date

Aug 30, 1887

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Birds at (202) 633-0800 to make an appointment.


  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Canada
  • Amherst Island
  • Funk Island
  • Quebec
  • Fogo Island
  • Newfoundland and Labrador


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Sketches

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-324

Collection name

William Palmer Field Notes, 1887, 1900, from the Division of Birds

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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


Box 16