This chapter focuses on the years Thomas Sadler Roberts spent at the University of Minnesota. He enrolled in 1877, to a schedule of four hours of lecture a day and military drills in the afternoon. This affected his schedule of studying wildlife. Nevertheless, Roberts was still able go outside to study nature occasionally, with one instance being a visit to Lake Minnetonka where he witnessed the decline of the heron rookery. In July 1879, Thomas joined the field crew of the state’s Geological and Natural History Survey at the North Shore of Lake Superior. For five weeks he collected plants and animals, filling his journal. However, his stay at North Shore was cut short due to an illness which was assumed to be tuberculosis, the same as his father. Roberts would then spend the rest of his studies at the University.
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