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This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website: the Invertebrate Collection, the Reducing Wildlife Collisions with Aircraft Collection, and the Hilda Holme Book Illustration Collection.
University of Calgary
This online collection represents the reference collection of native bees to Alberta. The physical collection is housed in the University of Calgary Biological Sciences Invertebrate Collection. The invertebrate collection consists of approximately 1.45 million insect specimens. And it’s growing at a rate of about 7.5% each year, due to contributions from undergraduate student coursework; graduate student, academic; and technical staff research; and donations of personal collections. This initial digital collection represents bee specimens from species native to Alberta, collected by the Galpern Lab @ Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.
USDA National Wildlife Research Center
Aircraft collisions with wildlife (wildlife strikes) are a major safety concern for civil and military aviation. Such collisions have occurred since the advent of air travel, but they have become increasingly frequent in recent decades due to increased air traffic and population growth among species most commonly involved in wildlife strikes. The National Wildlife Research Center conducts research to provide a scientific foundation for Wildlife Services, Department of Defense, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs that reduce wildlife collisions with aircraft.
Enoch Pratt Free Library
This selection of items from the Hilda Holme Book Illustration Collection demonstrates the chronological development of book illustration from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It includes prints made with woodcuts, wood engraving, line and stipple engraving on metal plates (copper and steel), etching— including both mezzotint and aquatint—lithography, and the Baxter process of chromolithography.
Frequently acquired from old or out-of-date books or magazines, these prints were saved for their aesthetic beauty or historical importance. They illustrate such diverse subjects as Bible stories, devotional literature, Shakespeare, recreation, travel, history, humor, and fashion.