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Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs of people who have contributed to the study of birds.


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Alexander Wilson

The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology
By Edward H. Burtt, Jr.; Willi...
May 2013 Audubon was not the father of American ornithology. That honorific belongs to Alexander Wilson, w...

Alfred Russel Wallace

Letters from the Malay Archipelago
By John van Wyhe and Kees Rook...
Nov 2013 This volume brings together the letters of the great Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (...

America's Other Audubon

By Kiser, Joy
May 2012 Nearly everyone is familar with John James Audubon and his seminal color-plate book, The Birds of...

Bird Student

An Autobiography
At thirteen, George Miksch Sutton planned a school of ornithology centered around his collection...

The Birds of Pandemonium

Life Among the Exotic & the Endangered
By Michele Raffin
Oct 2014 Each morning at first light, Michele Raffin steps outside into the bewitching bird music that her...

Cayley & Son

The Life and Art of Neville Henry Cayley and Ne...
By Olsen, Penny
Mar 2013 Cayley & Son charts the lives and works of Australian bird artists Neville Henry Cayley (1854...

The Feathery Tribe

Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds
By Lewis, Daniel
Apr 2012 Amateurs and professionals studying birds at the end of the nineteenth century were a contentious...

A Himalayan Ornithologist

The Life and Work of Brian Houghton Hodgson
By Cocker, Mark; Inskipp, Carol
Oct 1988 This book describes the ornithological work of the remarkable naturalist, scholar and administrat...

The Life of David Lack

Father of Evolutionary Ecology
By Ted R. Anderson
Jul 2013 Most people who have taken a biology course in the past 50 years are familiar with the work of Da...

A Love Affair with Birds

The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts
By Sue Leaf
Apr 2013 Imagine a Minneapolis so small that, on calm days, the roar of St. Anthony Falls could be heard i...

The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane

The Robert Porter Allen Story
By Kathleen Kaska
Sep 2012 Millions of people know a little bit about efforts to save the whooping crane, thanks to the movi...

More Than Birds

Adventurous Lives of North American Naturalists
By Val Shushkewich
Dec 2012 The fascinating development of natural history studies in North America is portrayed through the...

Ornithology, Evolution, and Philosophy

The Life and Science of Ernst Mayr 1904-2005
By Jürgen Haffer
Dec 2007 This book is the first detailed biography of Ernst Mayr. He was an ‘architect’ of the Synthetic T...

Saving American Birds

T. Gilbert Pearson and the Founding of the Audu...
By Oliver H. Orr, Jr.
Apr 1992 T. Gilbert Pearson (1873-1943) was one of the most influential ornithologists in North America, c...

Seabird Genius

The story of L.E. Richdale, the Royal Albatross...
By Neville Peat
Nov 2011 The first biography of Lance Richdale, who achieved international fame as the father of Otago's a...