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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...
Scope and Contents Thomas Jefferson, "the father of weather observers," was an amateur meteorologist committed to climate observation and documentation at home and abroad. Although meteorological instruments were never perfected in his day (he experimented with three types of hygrometers in Paris), Jefferson meticulously recorded his observations, including temperature and conditions, twice a day and analyzed his data for averages and correlations between weather and biological events.