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A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts

Sue Leaf


This book presents a full biography of a key figure in Minnesota’s past: Thomas Sadler Roberts (1858–1946), a doctor for three decades, a bird lover virtually from birth, the father of Minnesota ornithology, and the man who, perhaps more than any other, promoted the study of the state’s natural history. Roberts came to Minnesota as a boy and began keeping detailed accounts of Minneapolis’s birds. These journals, which became the basis for his landmark work The Birds of Minnesota, also inform this book, affording a view of the state’s rich avian life in its early days—and of a young man whose p ... More

Keywords: Thomas Sadler Roberts, bird lover, ornithology, natural history, Minnesota, birds, Bell Museum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816675647
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sue Leaf, author
Freelance Writer