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Roger Tory Peterson, ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator, 1908-1996

Roger Tory Peterson, ornithologist, naturalist and illustrator, 1908-1996

Roger Tory Peterson, born on August 28, 1908, in Jamestown, New York, and would have been 105 years old today. He died on July 28, 1996, one month shy of his 88th birthday. Born to immigrant parents — his father was Swedish and his mother was German, he grew up in New York, where he developed a love for birds and nature at a young age.

He was first published in 1925 at the tender age of 17. The publication was a magazine called Bird-lore, in which he wrote about his sightings of a Carolina Wren and a titmouse.

Thankfully for the birding world, not only did Peterson keep writing, but he also drew and painted the birds he saw. In 1934, his book, Guide to the Birds, was published and — as the first modern field guide of its kind — was instrumental in starting many nature lovers on the path to being true birders. Today, the Peterson Field Guide series consists of 53 volumes, and over 7 million have been sold.

This American Robin is just one of many beautiful illustrations painted by Peterson in his lifetime.

This American Robin is just one of many beautiful illustrations painted by Peterson in his lifetime.

To read more about Roger Tory Peterson, I highly recommend you click on this link, which will take you to a very interesting bio about him on the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History website.

Happy Birthday, Roger! Thank you for sharing your love of all things birds, your passion for nature and the environment, and your incredible talent with us. Your contributions will never be forgotten.

See everything by and about Roger Tory Peterson on Amazon.


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