Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Roger Tory Peterson!

Thanks to that outstanding carnival,
I and the Bird #81, for all sorts of cool birding news and photos but especially for spreading the word that Eddie over at birdfreak has declared August to be Roger Tory Peterson Month. Great idea, Eddie! Stay tuned all month to his bird photo-rich site for reviews of books by and about RTP in honor of the great painter, educator, photographer, and conservationist's 100th birthday on August 28.

A glowing review of a new Peterson biography is already up at 10,000 Birds. Mike calls Peterson a “true giant of conservation” and admires biographer Elizabeth Rosenthal especially for elucidating Peterson’s legacy in international environmental protection. The Birder’s Library also recommends Rosenthal’s Birdwatcher and more recently features a thorough, generally positive review of the brand-new Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America. Despite, or perhaps because of, some digital manipulations of Peterson’s illustrations, says Grant, “As a tribute to Peterson, this volume is one of the best ways to appreciate his field guide art.”

You can read my contribution to Peterson’s centennial in this month’s Audubon Naturalist News. Many thanks to contributors Julie Zickefoose, Scott Weidensaul, Jeffrey Cramer, and Chandler Robbins for sharing their insights into Peterson’s life and work.

If you live near Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, or can manage a visit there this year, check out the art exhibits, book talks, nature walks, and other birthday festivities at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Wherever you are, though, the best way to celebrate RTP and his legendary accomplishments is to stuff a Peterson’s in your pocket and head outside.


Julie Zickefoose said...

What a wonderful article and compilation of memories you've created in your ANN article, Julie. I'm so honored to have been asked to contribute.

Birdfreak said...

Thanks for the plug, We owe a lot to Roger Tory Peterson for his great accomplishments and ideas.

Great post and Happy Roger Tory Peterson Month!

pinenut said...

Hi birdfreak--thanks for the idea of a whole RTP month. He's shaped more lives than anyone realizes.

And thanks again, Julie. Your perspective as a young artist who knew the great man early on is most valuable to the Audubon piece.

Dave Coulter said...

Whew. Maybe if I'm good Santa will bring me one of these!