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What am I sappy owl blogging?

January 25, 2019

A. B. Williams holding 3 baby barred owls, 1932

“Arthur Baldwin Williams (1874-1951) received his A.B. from Yale University in 1898. He moved to Cleveland in 1905 and worked for the Cleveland Humane Society. He became a lawyer and worked in real estate beginning in 1909. Throughout his law career, Williams was drawn to the woods, and he went back to school to study ecology at Case Western Reserve University, earning his M.A. in 1932 and his Ph.D. in 1935. In 1930, Williams was hired by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as its first naturalist. While employed by the Museum, he was under contract with the Cleveland Metropolitan Park Board for the services of naturalist. In 1939, the duties of Curator of Education were added to his title. He was a gifted teacher who laid the foundation for scientific observation and nature education in forests of the greater Cleveland area.

For nearly 22 years, Williams spent at least one day each week in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. His most lasting contribution was the establishment in 1931 of a Trailside Museum in the North Chagrin Reservation, one of the first of its kind in the United States. Trailside Museums were soon established in the Rocky River and Brecksville Reservations.”

reblogged from cmnh.org

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