By Sue Leaf
Imagine a Minneapolis so small that, on calm days, the roar of St. Anthony Falls might be heard on the town, a time while passenger pigeons roosted in local oak bushes. Now photograph a dapper professor carrying out his ornithology classification (the university’s first) through streetcar to Lake Harriet for a morning of bird-watching. the scholars have been often 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 start, the daddy of Minnesota ornithology, and the guy who, probably greater than the other, promoted the examine of the state’s normal background. 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 designated money owed of Minneapolis’s birds. those journals, which turned 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 typical History.
Bird fanatic, surgeon, writer, curator, educator, conservationist: each bankruptcy in Roberts’s lifestyles is usually a bankruptcy within the state’s background, 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