LOVER OF BIRDS
AND TREES DOES
Sketchof operations of Dr.
Robert Ridgway, owner of
RECEIVED MANY HONORS
More thanhalf a century of continuous study of trees and birds is the record made by Dr.Robert Ridgway, owner of “Bird Haven,” the eighteenacres of land near Olney, Ill., his home, on which he was growingseventy different kinds of trees, more than any other “tree farm” in the world.
Dr. Ridgway first became actively interested in what was to behis life work when he was 14 years old. It was in 1864 that he began correspondence with Prof. Sepncer [sic] F. Baird, then assistant secretary of theSmithsonian Institution and one of the leading ornithologists of the United States.
Now in 72nd Year.
Dr. Ridgway was born at MountCarmel, Ill., July 2,1850, the oldest of ten children, six of whom are living. Three years after his correspondence withProf. Baird, Dr. Ridgway, thru the influence of theSmithsonian ornithologist, received an appointment as zoologist to a federalgeological exploration.
He took upthe study of western birds in the Smithsonian collection and in May, 1867,sailed from New York for California,via Panama. For about three years he was in field work inCalifornia, Nevada,Utah and Wyoming. On his return to Washingtonin the spring of 1870 he became assistant to Prof[.] Baird in the preparation of “A History of North American Birds.”
Curator in NationalMuseum.
In 1880 Dr.Ridgway was appointed curator of the department (nowdivision) of birds, United States National museum, which position he held untilAug. 1, 1920, when he was automatically retired by act of congress, butreappointed for two years.
Besideshaving written more than 500 books or pamphlets, he has made trips to Alaska and Central Americain his studies. Among his books are “AManual of North American Birds” and “The Ornithology of Illinois.”
He is amember of all the scientific societies, including the National Academy ofSciences, and of several organizations in GreatBritain, Germanyand South America.
Winsthe Walker Prize.
In 1913 theBoston Society of Natural History awarded Dr. Ridgwaythe Walkerprize, $1,000, for natural history work, and the National Academy of Scienceslast April awarded him the D. G. Elliott gold medal for pre-eminence inzoology.
Dr. Ridgway’s home is at Olney,Ill. He puts in nearly all his time in botanicalinvestigation and studying problems of deforestation in this state. He is among the nation’s most enthusiasticadvocates of conservation of wild life and scenery.
[Retrieved and transcribed by NanciHeadley Kotowski from the January 10, 1922 issue of
The Waukegan Daily Sun.]