December 11, 2018, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, USA
Kristoffer Whitney, Rochester Institute of Technology
A Nice History of Bird Migration: Ethology, Expertise, and Conservation in 20th Century North America
Comment: Marilyn Ogilvie, University of Oklahoma
This paper focuses on the historical relationships between migratory birds, scientists, and amateur experts in 20th-century North America, especially Margaret Morse Nice. Nice, simultaneously a trained ornithologist and an enthusiastic amateur across disciplines, almost single-handedly introduced the American ornithological community to European ethology. Her bird-banding work exemplified the tensions in natural history around expertise, gender, and conservation.
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Posted: December 06, 2018