The American Ornithologists' Union was founded in 1883. About Thatâs not just a fanciful titleâWilson actually wrote and illustrated American Ornithology, a nine-volume work published in 1814 that illustrated 268 bird species and kindled Americaâs insatiable appetite for bird knowledge, 30 years before Audubonâs Birds of America.Today, he has five North American birds named in his honor. The most famous name in American ornithology is that of a slave owner, grave robber, and fraud who invented birds and falsified scientific results. This act prohibited interstate trade in wildlife that had been illegally taken, transported or sold. (My favorites are the Great Horned Owl, Ospreys, and American White Pelican). Read on to learn about three American women who made scientific breakthroughs in the study of birds during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, these women are not the only notable female ornithologists. Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist, author, conservationist, and wildlife artist whose field books on birds, beginning with A Field Guide to the Birds (1934; 4th ed. American ornithologist stubsâ (58 P) Pages in category "American ornithologists" The following 200 pages are in this category, out of approximately 319 total. The Auk had been published continuously since 1884 (originally by the American Ornithologistsâ Union). Several other individuals can also serve as role models for girls interested in STEM disciplines. The âPeterson Field Guide Three members of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, Elliott Coues, J. The American Ornithologistsâ Union recognised her work by awarding her the coveted Brewster Medal. Born to immigrant parents â 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. She became involved with the Committee on Bird Protection of the American Ornithologists' Union, and as a result of her efforts and others, the Lacey Act of 1900 was instituted. American nature writer and ornithologist Florence Merriam Bailey was a jane of all trades. Learn more about our history. Wilson was born in Scotland in 1766. 1980), did much in the United States and Europe to stimulate public interest in bird study. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, soon to be renamed Ornithology, is published by the American Ornithological Society (the other is Ornithological Applications), accessible to AOS members free of charge.. 1801 â Alexander Wilson begins his study of North American birds, resulting in his American Ornithology (1808â1814), completed by George Ord, and later updated by Charles Lucien Bonaparte. Not only did she work with the National Audubon Society during its early years, she is also credited for writing the first known bird guide, Birds Through an Opera Glass , published in 1889. AOS was formed in 2016 with the merger of the American Ornithologistsâ Union (AOU), founded in 1883, and Cooper Ornithological Society (COS), founded in 1893. 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. Her route into avian palaeontology began with a part-time museum job sorting bones from the world-famous Rancho La Brea site, followed by a PhD on the avifauna of Californiaâs Emeryville Shellmound.