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MERRIAM, Florence Augusta [1863-1948] -- American pioneer naturalist

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As a young woman she was considered a radical environmentalist. She campaigned tirelessly against the current ladies fashion, which accounted for the slaughter of millions of birds for their feathers. She was an early advocate of studying birds with binoculars instead of the then current shotgun method.  -30-
 

Milestones

1885
First woman associate member of the American Ornithologist's Union
1897
A founding member of Audubon Society of the District of Columbia
1929
First womman fellow of AOU
1931
First woman recipient of Brewster Medal (Birds of New Mexico)

Associated

  • Brother: MERRIAM, C. Hart [1855-1942] American naturalist
  • Husband: BAILEY, Vernon Orlando [1864-1942] American naturalist

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