By Sue Leaf
Imagine a Minneapolis so small that, on calm days, the roar of St. Anthony Falls can be heard on the town, a time whilst passenger pigeons roosted in local oak timber. Now photo 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 in general 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 start, the daddy of Minnesota ornithology, and the fellow who, maybe greater than the other, promoted the examine of the state’s average heritage. 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 maintaining special money owed of Minneapolis’s birds. those journals, which turned the foundation for his landmark paintings The Birds of Minnesota, additionally tell this booklet, affording a view of the state’s wealthy avian existence in its early days—and of a tender guy whose ardour for birds and perform of medication between Minneapolis’s elite finally dovetailed in his launching of the cherished Bell Museum of average History.
Bird fanatic, medical professional, writer, curator, educator, conservationist: each bankruptcy in Roberts’s lifestyles can also be a bankruptcy within the state’s heritage, and in his tale acclaimed writer Sue Leaf—an avid chicken fanatic and nature lover herself—captures a real Minnesota personality and his time.
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