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Olney in Richland County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Robert Ridgway and "Bird Haven"

Robert Ridgway and "Bird Haven" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 13, 2016
1. Robert Ridgway and "Bird Haven" Marker
Inscription.  Robert Ridgway, leading American ornithologist, was born at Mount Carmel, Illinois, on July 2, 1850. As a youth he became interested in birds and sketched many specimens around his home. At the age of seventeen, he was appointed zoologist on a geological survey of the Fortieth Parallel. From 1874 to 1929 he was connected with the Smithsonian Institution first as ornithologist and later as curator of birds. He was a founder of the American Ornithologists’ Union (1883) and contributed greatly to its official checklist of North American birds published in 1886. He was a member of the National Academy of Science 1926 - 1929.
     Ridgway published extensively in his field and related areas from 1869 to 1929. His experience with the problems of color and color description in bird portraits resulted in a work entitled Color Standards and Color Nomenclature which proved valuable in many fields besides ornithology. He also wrote an authoritative eight-volume study of the birds of North and Middle America.
     In 1916 Ridgway retired to Olney to continue his research at his home which he called Larchmound. He developed an eighteen-acre tract
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Photographed By Duane Hall, October 13, 2016
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nearby called Bird Haven as bird sanctuary and experimental area for the cultivation of trees and plants not native to the region. He died at Olney on March 25, 1929. Bird Haven with its variety of trees and birds remains as a memorial to this much-honored American ornithologist. It and Dr. Ridgway’s grave are approximately two miles north of here.
Erected 1987 by Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArts, Letters, MusicEnvironment. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 2, 1850.
Location. 38° 42.954′ N, 88° 4.511′ W. Marker is in Olney, Illinois, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South East Street and U.S. 50, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located at a roadside rest area accessed from South East Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olney IL 62450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Neighborhood Marker (approx. 1.1 miles away); Historic McsBurg School / The One-Room Rural Schools of Richland County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bower Park / Bird Haven (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lincoln and Douglas in Olney
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(approx. 1.2 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); History of the Olney Albino Gray Squirrel (approx. 1.7 miles away); Solar Power in Olney, Illinois (approx. 1.7 miles away); Noble Jail (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olney.
Also see . . .  Robert Ridgway - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 25, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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