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Research is a Passion with Me: the Autobiography of a Bird Lover. Margaret Morse Nice (1979).

 

Of course, the prestigious Wilson Ornithological Society is named for Margaret Morse Nice, the first woman president of that society. She was also the second woman to be awarded the Brewster medal by the American Ornithologists' Union. Ornithologist Robert Dickerman named a Mexican subspecies of song sparrow (Melospiza melodia niceae) after her. In addition to 250 papers, Nice also published Watchers at the Nest (1939) and Birds of Oklahoma (1924). 

 

 

 

 

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Furmansky, Dyana Z. (2009). Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists. University of Georgia Press.

 

Wonder if one person can really make a difference?  Read this book about a New York City socialite, suffragist, and amateur birdwatcher who was responsible, among other things, in saving thousands of hawks with the establishment of Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania.  She also disseminated thousands of fliers (mass communication before email and twitter) for national grassroots campaigns to create Olympic National Park and Kings Canyon National Park.  Audubon leaders would quake when she walked into their meetings.  A profile of her in The New Yorker  described her as "the only honest, unselfish, indomitable hellcat in the history of conservation" (New Yorker, April 17, 1948).  More about her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalie_Edge

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