I agree with Judy.  It's nice to know of the contributions of Professor Eaton 
and it gives meaning to the name change.   

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> On Nov 13, 2014, at 7:04 AM, Judith Thurber <jathur...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> Thank you so much for writing this for those of us who did not know of this 
> amazing man's contributions!  I found it most enlightening and had wondered 
> about the reason for the change from the first mention of it in Montezuma NWR 
> posts. 
> 
> Judy Thurber
> Liverpool
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Nov 12, 2014, at 9:10 PM, Charlie Rouse <caro...@rochester.rr.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi All,
>>  
>> Recently, at Montezuma NWR, what used to be known as Shorebird Flats was 
>> dedicated in memory of Elon Howard Eaton, and is now known as Eaton Marsh. 
>> To familiarize the subscribers to Cayugabirds as to who Eaton was, I have 
>> included a short biography below. Professor Eaton truly was a pioneer figure 
>> in the ornithological history of New York State and well deserves the 
>> posthumous recognition.
>>  
>> Charlie Rouse
>> Secretary,
>> Eaton Birding Society
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Elon Howard Eaton
>>  
>> Elon Howard Eaton was born in Springville, New York, on October 8, 1866. 
>> He spent his early years there enjoying the outdoors, which was the basis 
>> for his life’s work. 
>>  
>> He was graduated with an B.A. degree from the University of  Rochester in 
>> 1890, having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an M.A. degree in 
>> 1893. 
>>  
>> While still an undergraduate he was an instructor of science at the 
>> Canandaigua Union School, and after graduation returned there as 
>> vice-principal and science instructor until 1895.
>>  
>> From then until 1907, he was a Master of Science at the Bradstreet School in 
>> Rochester.  During this time he was working on his first book, Birds of 
>> Western New York, which was published in 1901.
>>  
>> Professor Eaton joined the faculty at Hobart & William Smith colleges in 
>> 1908 and taught for 26 years.  He established and was head of the biology 
>> department, teaching classes in biology, ornithology and physiology, among 
>> others.
>>  
>> From 1908 to 1914, he served as State Ornithologist for the New York Museum 
>> and acted as Curator. It was at that time where he was selected to write 
>> Birds of New York. (Volume I, 1910; Volume II, 1914). 
>>  
>> This two volume treatise was the first complete study of birds of  
>> Northeastern North America, and is still considered the standard authority.  
>> Professor Eaton was instrumental in the establishment of Montezuma National 
>> Wildlife Refuge, and for many years tried in vain to save Potter Swamp in 
>> Yates County- ultimately succumbing to the advancement of agriculture. In 
>> its day, Potter Swamp was a place where Big Day counts would exceed of 150 
>> species.
>>  
>> Much of Professor Eaton’s time was spent in original research in 
>> ornithology, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation.  He presented 
>> papers on his investigations before the American Ornithologist Union - and 
>> in 1927 was selected to head the Biological Survey of the Finger Lakes.  His 
>> prodigious efforts set a standard for work of this sort, being recognized as 
>> the most complete investigation of its kind ever conducted. 
>> A short time later he was appointed to the Advisory Council of the New York 
>> State Conservation Department, where he helped formulate policy.
>>  
>> Accolades to Professor Eaton include: Two honorary degrees from the 
>> University of Rochester.  M. Sc. degree in 1911 - and a D.Sc. degree in 1925.
>> Naming of the H & WS Colleges science building Eaton Hall in his honor in 
>> 1961, and was the Inaugural Recipient of the H&WS Distinguished Faculty 
>> Award in 1992. 
>>  
>> In 1932, a group of ardent birders in the Geneva area established the Geneva 
>> Bird Club under the guidance of Professor Eaton, and upon his death, renamed 
>> the club the Eaton Birding Society in his honor.
>>  
>> Professor Eaton died at home in Geneva on March 27, 1934.
>>  
>>  
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