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Hree 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?.
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??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.
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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 1858–1946 a doctor for t.