By Sue Leaf
Imagine a Minneapolis so small that, on calm days, the roar of St. Anthony Falls will be heard on the town, a time while passenger pigeons roosted in local oak bushes. Now photograph a dapper professor undertaking his ornithology classification (the university’s first) by means of streetcar to Lake Harriet for a morning of bird-watching. the scholars have been typically younger women—in sunhats, sailor tops, and lengthy skirts, with binoculars strung round their necks. The professor was once Thomas Sadler Roberts (1858–1946), a physician for 3 a long time, a poultry lover almost from delivery, the daddy of Minnesota ornithology, and the fellow who, maybe greater than the other, promoted the learn of the state’s ordinary background. A Love Affair with Birds is the 1st complete biography of this key determine in Minnesota’s past.
Roberts got here to Minnesota as a boy and started retaining special bills of Minneapolis’s birds. those journals, which turned the foundation for his landmark paintings The Birds of Minnesota, additionally tell this e-book, affording a view of the state’s wealthy avian lifestyles in its early days—and of a tender guy whose ardour for birds and perform of drugs between Minneapolis’s elite ultimately dovetailed in his launching of the liked Bell Museum of normal History.
Bird fanatic, health care provider, writer, curator, educator, conservationist: each bankruptcy in Roberts’s lifestyles is usually a bankruptcy within the state’s heritage, and in his tale acclaimed writer Sue Leaf—an avid poultry fanatic and nature lover herself—captures a real Minnesota personality and his time.
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