Tilden Nature Area--Jewel Lake, Contra Costa, California,
Mar 3, 2017 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Bird Walk, March
3, 2017 to Jewel Lake and Back.
Today's topic was "Nice to Sparrows: Margaret
Morse Nice, 1883-1974."
Margaret Morse Nice was the first female president of a
major American ornithological society, the Wilson
Ornithological Club (now Society), which since 1997 has
awarded the Margaret Morse Nice Medal for "a lifetime of
contributions to ornithology." In 1942, the American
Ornithological Union (now Society) awarded her the
Brewster Medal for her studies on the Song Sparrow.
Niko Tinbergen wrote, on her 70th birthday, "Through your
works you have become known to ornithologists throughout
the entire world as the one who laid the foundation for
the population studies now so zealously persecuted." Ernst
Mayr wrote, after she died, "I have always felt that she,
almost single-handedly, initiated a new era in American
ornithology and the only effective countermovement against
the list chasing movement. She early recognized the
importance of a study of bird individuals because this is
the only method to get reliable life history data. She was
one of the first people in this country to analyze a local
In her autobiography, Research is a Passion
, Margaret Morse Nice wrote, “I feel that the
study of ornithology is a wonderful game in which strong
sympathy and fellowship reign between the serious
participants: we are friends and glad to help one
Dover Publications has reprinted her two
volumes of Studies in the Life History of
the Song Sparrow, and there is a nice sample of
her work in The Watcher at The Nest.
Michael Elsohn Ross’s Bird
Watching with Margaret Morse Nice
is an excellent
book for both young (its audience) and old.
Today's Bird of the Day was Orange-crowned
Warbler, of which there were many singing males.
Here are the 35 species seen by our MoB
(many observers) of 44:
Turkey Vulture makes it official!
Yellow-rumped Warbler Audubon-type
Lesser Goldfinch fide Nareg
Best of Boids!
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