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Snowbirds and "Superior Beings" by Lucia C. Stanton, (November 1988), E332.2 .A5 1988N

 Item
Identifier: id3972

Scope and Contents

Jefferson’s passion for the study of birds and climate led him to link the two in the manner of a phenologist. He collected mockingbirds (he owned several as pets and had a special favorite, Dick, who had a remarkable ability to imitate tunes and sounds), studied the winter habits of the purple martin, and enjoyed the sight and song of many others, including swallows and whippoorwills. Jefferson exchanged conjectures regarding the identity of various birds with Alexander Wilson, who sent Jefferson watercolors of different birds, wrote and illustrated American Ornithology (a tome that "elevated American ornithology to a science"), and penned the patriotic election song "Jefferson and Liberty."

Dates

  • E332.2 .A5 1988N

Extent

From the Collection: 74 Items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Archives Repository

Contact:
Jefferson Library, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
P. O. Box 316
Charlottesville VA 22902