By Sue Leaf
Imagine a Minneapolis so small that, on calm days, the roar of St. Anthony Falls should be heard on the town, a time whilst passenger pigeons roosted in local oak bushes. Now photo a dapper professor undertaking his ornithology type (the university’s first) by means of streetcar to Lake Harriet for a morning of bird-watching. the scholars have been generally 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 nearly from beginning, the daddy of Minnesota ornithology, and the guy who, possibly greater than the other, promoted the research 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 commenced holding unique 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 medication between Minneapolis’s elite ultimately dovetailed in his launching of the cherished Bell Museum of typical History.
Bird fanatic, physician, writer, curator, educator, conservationist: each bankruptcy in Roberts’s existence can also be 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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A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts by Sue Leaf