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Included in the Annual Report for 1858 are requests for help in collecting specimens both for studies of nests and eggs of North American birds and for accurate studies of the geographic distribution of species of insects, organized by order. Instructions to collectors are given for these projects.


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1858, p. 153-200

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