Mary Hornbuckle of the Dryden Town Historical Society asked to have this
notice posted so that Cayuga Bird Club members and others with an interest
in ornithological illustration could learn of a special talk about the life
and art of William Dilger, who was Director of Research at the Cornell Lab
of Ornithology as well as an author and illustrator. See below.
- Diane Morton
*THE ART OF WILLIAM DILGER*
The *Dryden Town Historical Society* will hold its 2018 A*nnual
Meeting* on *Wednesday,
May 16th*, in the Dryden Village Hall (corner of George and South
Streets). The doors will open at *6:30 PM* to enjoy refreshments and good
fellowship. The evening’s program will start at *7 PM* with a brief
business meeting and election of officers followed by Mary Ann Sumner who
will talk about the life and *“The Art of William Dilger.”*
William C. (Bill) Dilger was born in 1923. Twenty years later, while a
freshman at Cornell, he was called to active duty with the U.S. Army Air
Corps serving in the India-Burma theatre. Upon returning to Ithaca at the
end of the war, he completed his undergraduate studies and went on to earn
a Ph.D. At Cornell, Dilger studied lovebirds – a group of short-tailed
parrots common in Africa and Madagascar – and the evolution of breeding and
He joined the Cornell faculty and taught in the Department of Neurobiology
and Behavior, rising to become the Director of Research at the Cornell Lab
of Ornithology. Among his many books, he was the author and illustrator
of *Finding Out About Birds* (1963).
Bill Dilger was a long-time Dryden resident and a gifted illustrator of the
natural world who left behind a wealth of paintings - mostly of birds -
many of which are now on display at the Dryden Town Historical Society’s
Southworth Homestead. Join us on May 16th, to learn more about this
talented artist and renowned researcher.
As always, this event is free and open to all. For more information call
Mary Hornbuckle (898-3461).
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