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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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A Love Affair with Birds

Sue Leaf

University of Minnesota Press

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.

Keywords:   Thomas Sadler Roberts, University of Minnesota, nature, Tamarack Swamp, Lake Minnetonka, heron rookery, Geological and Natural History Survey, North Shore, Lake Superior

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