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A Love Affair with BirdsThe Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts$
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Sue Leaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675647

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.001.0001

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Gains and Losses

Gains and Losses

(p.158) Chapter 12 Gains and Losses
A Love Affair with Birds

Sue Leaf

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the many gains and losses that Thomas Sandler Roberts experienced during the post-Great War years as a museum curator and a professor. His ornithology course matured over the years and now ran for two terms. Every April, classes headed outside to the field. They visited Lakes Calhoun and Harriet for migrating ducks, grebes, gulls, and songbirds. The birding spots his classes visited over the years reveal what had been lost and retained in natural habitat as Minneapolis grew. The period also saw the departure Jenness Richardson which prompted Roberts to look for another taxidermist. He found one in the form of Walter John Breckenridge. He then found himself having his own radio show in 1925 but unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst as his wife Jennie came down with a debilitating sickness, and subsequently he lost both a granddaughter and a friend, John Nordquist, to illness.

Keywords:   Thomas Sandler Roberts, Great War, museum curator, ornithology, birding spots, Minneapolis, taxidermist, natural habitat

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