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


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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...

The Song of the Magpie Robin

A Memoir
By Futehally, Zafar; Chandola,...
Nov 2014 Birder, naturalist and writer, Zafar Futehally was born in 1920 into a business family of Bombay....

Wings Over the Western Front

The First World War Diaries of Collingwood Ingram
By Ernest Pollard; Hazel Strouts
Jun 2014 These First World War diaries provide a vivid contrast between the horrors of War and the beauty...

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...

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...

Turaco Country

Reminiscences of East African Birding
By Dale A Zimmerman
Jun 2015 Dale Zimmerman's singular memoir details a half-century of ornithological investigations in East...

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...

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...

The Business of Nature

John Gould and Australia
By Russell, Roslyn
Apr 2011 This is the story of John Gould, whose driving energy and endless enthusiasm would see him achiev...

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...

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 (...

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...

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...