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A Love Affair with Birds Imagine A Minneapolis So Small That, On Calm Days, The Roar Of St Anthony Falls Could Be Heard In Town, A Time When Passenger Pigeons Roosted In Neighborhood Oak Trees Now Picture A Dapper Professor Conducting His Ornithology Class The University S First By Streetcar To Lake Harriet For A Morning Of Bird Watching The Students Were Mostly Young Women In Sunhats, Sailor Tops, And Long Skirts, With Binoculars Strung Around Their Necks The Professor Was Thomas Sadler Roberts , A Doctor For Three Decades, A Bird Lover Virtually From Birth, The Father Of Minnesota Ornithology, And The Man Who, Perhaps Than Any Other, Promoted The Study Of The State S Natural History A Love Affair With Birds Is The First Full Biography Of This Key Figure In Minnesota S PastRoberts Came To Minnesota As A Boy And Began Keeping Detailed Accounts Of Minneapolis S Birds These Journals, Which Became The Basis For His Landmark Work The Birds Of Minnesota, Also Inform This Book, Affording A View Of The State S Rich Avian Life In Its Early Days And Of A Young Man Whose Passion For Birds And Practice Of Medicine Among Minneapolis S Elite Eventually Dovetailed In His Launching Of The Beloved Bell Museum Of Natural HistoryBird Enthusiast, Doctor, Author, Curator, Educator, Conservationist Every Chapter In Roberts S Life Is Also A Chapter In The State S History, And In His Story Acclaimed Author Sue Leaf An Avid Bird Enthusiast And Nature Lover Herself Captures A True Minnesota Character And His Time I read this book as a candidate for the 2014 Minnesota Book Award finalist in the category of Minnesota At first I was a bit leery of the book as I am by no means an ornithologist but found it to be biographical than I was expecting Not only that but it was very well written The narrative was vibrant and approachable It provides some conjecture as to what Dr Roberts may have thought but either justifies them with references to the man s extensive journals or clearly labels them as possibilities However, the labeling doesn t interfere with the storytelling and the method certainly makes the topic personable I m not a big biography reader but this definitely stands out as a good one in my mind.As for Roberts and the associated factual information, I did learn quite a bit I feel I wouldn t have been able to tolerate the man on a personal level, especially in his old age, but I would and do respect his accomplishments both as a doctor and ornithologist On a personal note, I was greatly amused to see that like me, he went to college in Philadelphia, and , lived four blocks and 100 odd years from where I did What a wonderful biography I m not sure why I enjoyed this so much It s a great natural history of Industrial Age Minneapolis and Minnesota for that matter While it chronicles the destruction of some of the natural beauty in my town, it also gives hope that some environmental disasters can be turned around like the return of Bald Eagles and Sandhill cranes to our area The history of one of our Minnesota treasures, the Bell Museum, is well covered as well I was shocked to learn how early naturalists just shot killed the birds they wanted to observe so they could get up close and personal Roberts himself wasn t controversial, so there s not a lot of drama yet the book keeps you engaged Well done.

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