A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects

by David Callahan

A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects

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Looks at 100 items that have profoundly shaped how people watched, studied and engaged with the avian world. Each item contains around 500 words on a double-page spread and includes an illustration of the object in question. The range of items is international and cross-cultural.

The range of items is international and cross-cultural and include An Egyptian 'field guide' (early tomb decorations of birds, identifiable as species); Ornithologiae Libri Tres: the first British bird guide (a 1676 publication that attempted to itemise all British birds known at the time); the Dodo specimen held at the Horniman museum; Systema Naturae by Carl Linnaeus (the first-ever system of scientific names in 1758, and still the international standard today); the shotgun; the book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert White (1789); HMS Beagle (the ship on which Darwin made his ground-breaking discoveries); aluminium bird rings (used to record movement and longevity of individuals and species) and many more modern innovations including walkie talkies, pagers, radio tags and apps.