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Henry A. McGhie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784994136

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784994136.001.0001

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Early exploits in ornithological society

Early exploits in ornithological society

(p.64) 4 Early exploits in ornithological society
Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology

Henry A. McGhie

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores how Henry established himself into natural history society in London. It explores his participation in the fortnightly meetings of the Zoological Society of London and attendance at natural history auctions in London. It also explores the importance of correspondence networks among ornithologists. The British Ornithologists’ Union, the leading grouping of ornithologists in Britain, is explored in terms of its establishment, aims and its key members. Dresser was elected as a Member of the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1865. Dresser’s early publications are explored, notably his article on the birds of Southern Texas, based on his experiences there in 1863–64. Dresser became involved in the early bird conservation movement, and played a leading role in a committee to establish a close season for British seabirds.

Keywords:   scientific societies, Zoological Society of London, British Ornithologists’ Union, London, amateurs and professionals, birds, ornithology

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