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


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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...

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 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...

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...

Spencer Baird of the Smithsonian

By Rivinus, E.F.; Youssef, E.M.
Nov 1992 In the course of a fascinating life at the center of nineteenth-century science, Spencer Fullerto...

This Strange Wilderness

The life and art of John James Audubon
By Nancy Plain
Mar 2015 Birds were 'the objects of my greatest delight,' wrote John James Audubon (1785-1851), founder of...