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Robert Ridgway: When Amateur Bird Watching Became a Rigorous Science

Presented by Lombard Historical Society at Lombard Historical Society, Lombard IL

Apr 26 2023
Robert Ridgway: When Amateur Bird Watching Became a Rigorous Science

Robert Ridgway

Join Illinois’ most pre-eminent bird man as he recalls the history of the Audubon Society and the evolution of bird watching as it grew from a hobby to a scientific discipline.

Hear stories that illuminate our legacies as bird watchers, namely creating a cadre of citizen scientists, encouraging the next generation of conservationists, and protecting habitat for future generations of birds.

Brian “Fox” Ellis becomes Robert Ridgway, telling the story of his transect of the western wilderness when he was still a teenager, his life-long work at the Smithsonian Institution, his birding trips into Central America and his journey across Alaska with John Burroughs, Louis

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This program is funded in part with a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Program.

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