Audubon to Xantus: The Lives of Those Commemorated in North American Bird Names

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Following the style and format of Biographies for Birdwatchers, this new volume is dedicated to over 130 birds of America, north of Mexico. Ninety-eight biographies are presented including Steller (jay, eider, eagle), Audubon (shearwater, oriole), Baird (sandpiper, sparrow), Swainson (hawk, thrush, warbler) and Wilson (six species!). Each biography includes delightful drawings of the eponymous species by Dana Gardner and, in almost all cases, a contemporary portrait of the person concerned.
"Not only have the authors packed the biographies with information which had previously been available in papers scattered through scientific journals but they have also succeeded in bringing the subjects vividly to life...it is a landmark in what I hope will be a revival of interest by ornithologists in the men and women who made possible the vast stock of knowledge taken for granted by those who read the field guides and handbooks...I hope that these enterprising authors will continue to research and document the careers of the many more individuals who contributed to the history of ornithology."
--Michael Walters, New Scientist
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* Covers the American Ornithologists' Union checklist region

* Scholarly text in an easy-to-read style

* Dispalys numerous pictures of birds and historical figures

* Companion volume to Biographies for Birdwatchers

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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2003. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Dana Gardner (illustrator). Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Audubon s Shearwater, Wilson s Phalarope, Albert s Towhee, Xantus Murrelet: birds which every North American ornithologist will know. But what of the people after whom they are named? Who were they, when did they live and how important was their contribution to the study of ornithology in this continent which gradually opened up its secrets of the western newcomers who explored and documented its vast store of birdlife? In this book, Barbara and Richard Mearns continue their research into the people behind the names started in their previous book on the European eponyms, biographies for birdwatchers. The 98 people commemorated in the current English and Latin names of birds in the American Ornithologists Union checklist are a fascinating assembly. Travellers, explorers, collectors, museum taxonomists as well as their wives, daughters and mentors have all been immortalized in the bird names we use today. Although their claims to fame are diverse and capriciously determined by the chance and fashion of a developing taxonomy, they are as good a snapshot as any of the history of a new nation s study of birds. The Mearns extensive research into archives in the Americas and elsewhere have unearthed the achievements of virtually all of those concerned and provided contemporary portraits of the great majority. Acquaintance with this motley gallery of people cannot help but enrich the experience of seeing the new species or of spotting an old friend at one s regular birding patch. The birds themselves are not forgotten either. A wonderful collection of over 120 species is pictured in the beautiful art of Dana Gardner. Following the style and format of biographies for birdwatchers, this new volume is dedicated to over 130 birds of America, North of Mexico. Ninety-eight biographies are presented including Steller (jay, eider, eagle), Audubon (shearwater, oriole), Baird (sandpiper, sparrow), Swainson (hawk, thrush, warbler) and Wilson (sex species?). Each biography includes delightful drawings of the eponymous species by Dana Gardner and in almost all cases, a contemporary portrait of the persons concerned. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780124874237

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