Join us for a citizen science transcription blitz! Have you ever wondered what’s inside the cabinets at a natural history museum? Are you curious about how scientists use natural history collections to track diseases, discover the history of life, and predict the effects of climate change on biodiversity? WeDigBio, or Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections, is a global event that engages curious people like you both online and onsite in digitizing natural history collections. The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is excited to bring WeDigBio to Chicago for the fifth year in a row, and with your help, we can make our own natural history collections data available for anyone to use! Join us at one of our transcription sessions or participate in the worldwide WeDigBio event online. CAS/PNNM’s scientific collections and archives contain specimens and materials that provide data used to study biodiversity and compare how species and the environment changes over time. This year for WeDigBio, we will be processing uncatalogued botanical specimens from the 19th century. By participating, you can help catalogue these historic specimens into the Academy’s scientific collection, make them accessible for study, and improve their preservation.
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