A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts


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A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: University of Minnesota Press
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Pages: 296 Illustrations and other contents: 30 black & white illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9780816675654 Categories: , , , , ,
Weight0.465696 kg




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"For those of us who spend a lifetime helping preserve and encourage the conservation of birdlife, one of the greatest gifts we can receive is the chance to enter the ‘conservation time machine’ provided by books like Sue Leaf’s A Love Affair with Birds. It transports us back more than a hundred years to experience the diversity and abundance of the birdlife that once existed in Minnesota. It allows us to sense Roberts’s passion for birds, his detailed powers of observation, and his thoroughness in documenting his lifetime of bird observations."—Carrol Henderson, Nongame Wildlife Program supervisor, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources "Sue Leaf's engaging and carefully researched portrait of Thomas Sadler Roberts captures not just the man, but also the place and time in which his passions—medicine and ornithology—were born. Arriving in Minneapolis as a child when the city was young, Roberts over the course of a long, industrious life claimed an important place in Minnesota history that lives on in the book he wrote, The Birds of Minnesota, and the institution he founded, the Bell Museum of Natural History. Leaf tells Roberts's story with grace and empathy. A lively, important biography."—William Souder, author of Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America "A Love Affair With Birds, published by the University of Minnesota Press, traces the life of the Minneapolis physician who led birding expeditions, kept meticulous and now invaluable birding journals, and helped found the Bell Museum of Natural History."—Star Tribune "Minnesota’s importance to birds and birders cannot be overstated. More than 400 species have been recorded there. It’s a migratory pathway. And it’s the home of not just great hotspots but great advocates, like Carrol Henderson and our own Laura Erickson. That’s why this book is so relevant."—BirdWatching "In biographer Sue Leaf’s capable hands, we are drawn into Roberts’ long and worthy life, beginning with his family’s arrival in St. Paul in 1867. As a boy he was free to explore this edge-of-the-prairie region and its wildlife, and Leaf, herself a bird watcher, paints a vivid picture of what the area was like a century ago. Anyone with an interest in birds, Minnesota’s natural history and learning about the life of a singular doctor, author, curator, educator, conservationist and bird enthusiast will find this book a rare treat."—Star Tribune "Leaf’s recounting of this long life is a great read, especially for those of us who love history and the history of ornithology; the author’s tendency to wax poetic recalls the literary style of many of Roberts’s contemporaries."—American Birding Association Blog "An entertaining read that will engage anyone with an interest in our state’s history."—The Minnesota Historical Society Press "[Leaf] deserves warm plaudits for her careful scrutiny of mass of data, both ornithological and medical."—Canadian Field Naturalist