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November HBC meeting – David Spector: Western Massachusetts Ornithologists

November 8, 2022

7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Wesley United Methodist Church


There is a long history of bird study here in Western Massachusetts, and in this program David discusses a few of the many people with local connections who have contributed to our knowledge of birds. What is an “ecological rule,” and which Springfield native has one named for him? Which graduate of a local college is incorrectly credited with producing the first field guide, and which two Western Massachusetts people published important pre-Peterson field guides? Which Amherst native had her book on Song Sparrow research illustrated by Roger Tory Peterson? These and other burning questions will be answered in this presentation.

David Spector, retired ornithologist (or ornerythologist), university professor emeritus, and former president of the Hitchcock Center, has been a member of the Hampshire Bird Club since the first meeting and has given, by exact count, umpteen talks to the club.



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