AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGIST AND PIONEER WRITER OF FIELD GUIDES AND MANY BOOKS ON BIRDS, HERE HANDWRITES A WONDERFUL TESTIMENT TO HIS LIFE’S WORK: “BIRDS ARE THE MOST ELOQUENT EXPRESSION OF NATURE’S BEAUTY, JOY, AND FREEDOM.”
FRANK MICHLER CHAPMAN (1864-1945) SIGNED QUOTE, “Frank M. Chapman/Nov 5, 1920”, on a card 4.25 x 3.5, by the American ornithologist and pioneer writer of field guides, which were designed to be brought into the “field” or local area to help the reader identify and distinguish between similar objects (birds, plants, mammals). Chapman was the curator of birds at the American Museum of Natural History and he came up with the idea of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, which is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed annually in Northern-hemisphere winter by volunteer birdwatchers. He also wrote many ornithological books such as, Bird Life, Birds of Eastern North America, and Life in an Air Castle. He also promoted the integration of photography into ornithology, especially in his book, Bird Studies with a Camera. In 1917 the National Academy of Sciences awarded him the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal for his meritorious work in zoology. He also published numerous papers in scientific journals and magazines, such as the National Geographic Magazine. His wonderful handwritten quote about birds, in full: “Birds are the most eloquent expression of nature’s beauty, joy, and freedom.” The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.