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 whilst passenger pigeons roosted in local oak timber. Now photograph a dapper professor accomplishing his ornithology category (the university’s first) by way 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 used to be Thomas Sadler Roberts (1858–1946), a physician for 3 many years, a chook lover almost from beginning, the daddy of Minnesota ornithology, and the guy who, might be greater than the other, promoted the examine of the state’s ordinary historical past. 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 protecting certain debts of Minneapolis’s birds. those journals, which grew to become the root 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 finally dovetailed in his launching of the loved Bell Museum of average History.
Bird fanatic, general practitioner, writer, curator, educator, conservationist: each bankruptcy in Roberts’s lifestyles is additionally a bankruptcy within the state’s historical past, 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