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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 describes Thomas Sadler Roberts’ career after his time at University of Minnesota. During this time he was both a writer for magazines and as land examiner. The fall of 1879 provided Roberts an opportunity to freely pursue natural history by writing for magazines such as the Forest and Stream and The Country, both of which became helpful in situating him as the unofficial expert on Minnesota birds. Roberts would also soon be acquainted with prominent early ornithologists such as William Brewster and J. A. Allen, both co-founders of the American Ornithologists’ Union. The following spring, his health improved enough to secure a job as land examiner at St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railway Co., reporting under Nathan Butler. Thomas’ surveying coursework at the University proved useful and he was instrumental by marking a map with all physical features and man-made structures of a land that they were inspecting.

Keywords:   Thomas Sadler Roberts, University of Minnesota, land examiner, Forest and Stream, The Country, Minnesota birds, American Ornithologists’ Union, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Manitoba Railway Co.

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