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Symposium to celebrate 200th anniversary of Wilson's American Ornithology

Scott Gillihan

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In 1814 volume 9 of Alexander Wilson's monumental American Ornithology was published thereby completing his description of the birds of the United States. The nine-volume set was the first major scientific publication of the young republic and the founding document of American ornithology. It was widely admired by European scientists of the day. Indeed, Baron Cuvier commented "Wilson treats their birds far better than ours have yet been treated."


To commemorate the 200th anniversary of its publication, Ohio Wesleyan University will celebrate Wilson's life and accomplishments in a symposium "Alexander Wilson and the making of American Ornithology." The symposium will be held on 23 April 2014 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through dinner. Details of the program, meals and an exhibit of Wilson's artwork, publications and notes are available at http://Wilson200.owu.edu where you can also register. Registration by 9 April is requested for planning meals, breaks and an afternoon reception at the exhibit.

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