Post written by Lesley Brooks, Carla Fotherby, and LeEtta Schmidt
This is the third post in a four part series introducing USF digital collections for environmental and natural sciences.
The USF Libraries Digital Collections have been steadily growing collections on various aspects of natural history, often with a focus on Florida specific environments or related ecosystems.
In this post, we will be reviewing our historical collections that provide information on various aspects of natural history either unique to Florida or related to other marine or sub-tropical ecosystems, such as early Florida naturalists, the Aububon society, and the conservation of Florida ecosystems and species.
Check out the other posts in this series:
This digital collection contains the daily journals of Audubon wardens and statewide reports on certain sites and projects cover activities from 1900 to 1970, with most of the materials concentrated between the 1930s and 1950s.
Selected plates from Mark Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects, and Plants, 1754.
In 1987, Hillsborough County voters approved a referendum and property tax to implement the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP). ELAPP has protected over 61,000 acres of rare and important habitat in Hillsborough County.
Robert Porter Allen was an ornithologist and conservation activist with the National Audubon Society. He founded the Audubon Research Center in Tavernier, FL and dedicated his life to documenting various bird species. His efforts to document the Whooping Crane nesting sites in North America generated national media coverage and aided in the creation of the Endangered Species Act in 1973. This collection features digitized items from the USF Libraries Special Collections holdings.