I agree with Judy. It's nice to know of the contributions of Professor Eaton and it gives meaning to the name change.
Sent from my iPad > 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. >> >> >> -- >> Cayugabirds-L List Info: >> Welcome and Basics >> Rules and Information >> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave >> Archives: >> The Mail Archive >> Surfbirds >> BirdingOnThe.Net >> Please submit your observations to eBird! >> -- > -- > Cayugabirds-L List Info: > Welcome and Basics > Rules and Information > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > Archives: > The Mail Archive > Surfbirds > BirdingOnThe.Net > Please submit your observations to eBird! > -- -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --