Experiences of an Ornithologist Along the Highways and Byways of Bolivia: Collecting Birds in an Isolated, Magnificent Land in the Nineteen Thirties

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Experiences of an Ornithologist Along the Highways and Byways of Bolivia, South America is the extraordinary, fascinating account by intrepid ornithologist, Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, Jr., of his three ornithological expeditions in Bolivia in the 1930s. He and his assistants collected a total of 8,705 bird specimens, including some new species, and many new species of bird lice. His lively, colorful, descriptive, often humorous, piquant accounts make highly entertaining reading. He worked from the steaming jungles to the high mountains, often subjected to tropical diseases, poisonous plants and animals, poor diets, extreme physical exertion, and stress. Incredibly, he survived without major accidents. The disappointments, hardships, occasional adversarial situations, as well as pleasurable experiences, are described vividly, sometimes poignantly.

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Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, Jr. was born in Illinois in 1879. His early childhood was spent in Nebraska where he developed strong interests in ornithology. He entered the University there, but completed only two years, considering he had learned enough to become a professional naturalist. There followed ornithological expeditions to Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Colombia. In Colombia he married, developed a coffee plantation, and continued collecting birds and bird lice. In 1927 he and his family of five children emigrated to the States. Between 1929 and 1938 he was ornithologist, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, leading expeditions in Peru and Bolivia. Thereafter he returned to Colombia, and for the rest of his life continued collecting birds for museums.

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