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The Bird Study Book

The Bird Study Book by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
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Do you enjoy birdwatching? Would you like to learn a little more about the early conservations efforts to protect wild birds? In the Preface to The Bird Study Book, Pearson tells us “This book was written for the consideration of that ever-increasing class of Americans who are interested in acquiring a greater familiarity with the habits and activities of wild birds. Attention is also given to the relation of birds to mankind and the effect of civilisation on the bird-life of the country. ” An avid ornithologist, T. Gilbert Pearson (1873-1943) was a co-founder in 1905 of the National Association of Audubon Societies of which he was first secretary and then president for many years. He was also a pioneer of the conservation movement in the United States, international bird protection and broad nature education for school-aged children.

(Audubon Magazine. 42: 370–371. Nov-Dec 1943)

First Page:

THE BIRD STUDY BOOK

by

T. GILBERT PEARSON

Secretary, National Association of Audubon Societies

Coloured Frontispiece

Pen and ink drawings by Will Simmons

And sixteen photographs

[Frontispiece: Wood Thrush]

Garden City New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1917 Copyright, 1917, by Doubleday, Page & Company All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian

TO MY WIFE

ELSIE WEATHERLY PEARSON

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PREFACE

This book has been written for the consideration of that ever increasing class of Americans who are interested in acquiring a greater familiarity with the habits and activities of wild birds. There are many valuable publications treating more or less exhaustively of the classification of birds, as well as of form, colour, distribution, migration, songs, and foods. Here an attempt is made to place before the reader a brief consideration of these and many similar topics, and suggest lines of action and thought that may perhaps stimulate a fuller study of the subject... Continue reading book >>


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