Field Notes

Field Notes is the San Diego Natural History Museum magazine designed exclusively for members and donors of the Museum. Field Notes is published three times a year and showcases Museum research, exhibitions, public programs, news, and events.

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Most of our members know about the valuable work our Docents perform with their Museum-On-Wheels program, which takes the Docents out to schools around the county, inspiring local kids to learn about the natural history of our San Diego region. But are you aware that they are carrying on a long-held tradition at the Museum? In the photo above, taken during the 1920s, Museum staff are shown visiting schools in the area, bringing wooden boxes which contained birds, mammals, and other nature specimens for the children to borrow and study. 

Today, our Docents travel in a van sporting brightly-colored snakes, plants, and insects rather than in a plain 1920s-era truck, but the enthusiasm of the children remains the same!

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Clinton G. Abbott, Director of the SanDiego Natural History Museum for 24 years (1922–1946), is shown in this photo from 1924. Abbott is sitting in the Museum truck,surrounded by ocotillos in the area near Agua Caliente in the Anza Borrego desert. Abbott,born in England to American parents, came to San Diego from Albany, NY, in 1921. His work at the Museum made a significant impact on the international conservation of marine mammals, as well as other animals and plants.

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