Field notes, September 7 - 9, 1959

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The dictabelt is a recording of Helmut Buechner's field notes documenting wildebeest immobilization, September 7 - 9, 1959. Notes are organized by dates, and descriptions are often started with time of day. They describe the process of sedating the wildebeeste, its physical reactions (with periods of time), and amount and type of solution used. Descriptions are given for individual wildebeeste including weight and sex. The September 9th entry describes aerial and ground observations with Dennis Zaphiro during which Buechner documents soil condition (e.g. signs of erosion), signs of cattle trails in terrain, settings for photographs taken, and observations of area flora and fauna (which includes other animals than wildebeeste). Buechner notes Dennis Zaphiro's comments on how the vegetation condition has changed over recent years.

Date Range


Start Date

Sep 07, 1959

End Date

Sep 09, 1959

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  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Sound recording-nonmusical

Accession #

SIA RU007279

Collection name

Helmut Karl Buechner Papers, 1939-1975

Physical Description

1 sound recording

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 27