Read our BHL Blog post,"The Last Heath Hen."
Each year the MBLWHOI Library contributes a blog post to our partner digitization library, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). The BHL is a global consortium of over 100 natural history libraries, museums, and cultural institutions which have digitized over 260,000 volumes from their collections. These volumes are a window into the data and history of science knowledge published over the last 600 years. The MBLWHOI Library is a founding member and an active participant in the operations of the BHL. Over 5000 volumes from our MBL and WHOI stacks have been digitized and are freely accessible from any computer in the world.
A number of those 5000 volumes are from the 1920's - 50's weekly newspaper of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), known as The Collecting Net. The name Collecting Net has enjoyed a number of MBL iterations over the years, as the title of different newspapers and newsletters with different purposes for the institution at different times, however none were as scrappy, informative, and filled with local science information as the earliest years of The Collecting Net.
Read here, as MBLWHOI librarian Matthew Person takes us on a journey of flipping through the news, beginning with a 1926 scientist's account of the last days of a bird species on near to Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard, The Last Heath Hen, and Other News From the Collecting Net In Woods Hole.