The Published Writings of Spencer Fullerton Baird, 1843-1882, Issues 20-23

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Department of the Interior, U.S. National Museum, 1883 - Natural history - 377 pages

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Page 3 - Prodromw, and claimed to exhibit " a list of all the plants which have as yet been collected," though now rare, and long out of print, is still to be found in a few botanical libraries. I have succeeded in securing a copy of this work, and have been deeply interested in comparing the results then reached with those which we are now able to present.
Page xiii - A necessary accompaniment to this division is the amassing of material for research to be stored in the National and other museums for future use. 2. The investigation of the methods of fisheries, past and present, and the statistics of production and commerce of fishery products. Man being one of the chief destroyers of fish, his influence upon their abundance must be studied. Fishery methods and apparatus must be examined and compared with those of other lands, that the use of those which threaten...
Page xii - To prosecute investigations on the subject (of the diminution of valuable fishes) with the view of ascertaining whether any and what diminution in the number of the food-fishes of the coast and the lakes of the United States has taken place ; and, if so, to what causes the same is due ; and also whether any and what protective, prohibitory, or precautionary measures should be adopted in the premises, and to report upon the same to Congress.
Page 39 - Annual Report of the Regents of the University of the State of New York, on the Condition of the State Cabinet of Natural History, and the Historical and Antiquarian Collection annexed thereto.
Page 46 - ... work to the obvious rationality of this classification, and contribute its mite towards awakening them to the recognition of a truth which, I cannot doubt, must sooner or later find expression in all accepted versions of the true order of nature with respect to the vegetable kingdom. Common Names. I am well aware that in recent times it has become more and more the practice among botanists to eschew all common or popular names of plants. This sentiment I share to a great extent and will | therefore...
Page xiii - ... plants upon which they feed or upon which their food is nourished ; the histories of their enemies and friends, and the friends and foes of their enemies and friends, as well as the currents, temperatures, and other physical phenomena of the waters in relation to migration, reproduction and growth. A necessary accompaniment to this division is the amassing of material for research to be stored in the National and other museums for future use. " 2. The investigation of the methods of fisheries,...
Page 17 - Gentiana ochroleuca, most of which do not occur at all elsewhere. 6. The Holmead Swamp Region. Like the last, this locality is quite circumscribed in area, but like it, too, it is rich in interesting plants. It occupies a ravine leading to Piney Branch from the east at the point where the continuation of Fourteenth street crosses that stream. The road connecting the last named with the Rock Creek Church road, and which is called Spring street, follows this valley. The collecting grounds are on the...
Page 15 - John run, which the botanist celebrates more for its walking fern (Camptosorus rhizophyllus) than for the world-renowned arch that spans it. The next most prolific source of interesting plants is the region of the Great Falls. The collecting grounds begin a mile or more below at Broad Water. On both sides of the canal the country is excellent, rocky and wooded, with stagnant pools and sandy hillocks. On these rocks grow Sedum telephoides and near Sandy Landing are found Vitis v ulpina, Arabis patens,...

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