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"BIRDS OF THE PACIFIC SLOPE" AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING


On July 12, 2016, Stanislaus Audubon Society donated "Birds of the Pacific Slope" to the Vasche Library at California State University, Stanislaus.  The two-volume set of Andrew Jackson Grayson's work is in Special Collections.  Members of the public can call the Reference Department (209-667-3232) and make an appointment to see them. Appointments should be made at least 24 hours prior to the visit. Photo identification will be required upon arrival.




 Please read Salvatore Salerno's article about Andrew Jackson Grayson - Story HERE (link fixed - JG)


WILLIAM GAMBEL, PIONEER NATURALIST by Salvatore Salerno

 (continued from May / June 2017 issue of Valley Habitat)


William Gambel was the first trained naturalist to traverse California overland in the 19th century, collecting bird and plant specimens for the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.  Although he never traveled through Stanislaus County, he was the first to discover and describe for science many of our local species, such as the Wrentit and Oak Titmouse.  Gambel was also the first to complete descriptions of the California Thrasher and Greater Roadrunner, and the first scientist to verify the status of Burrowing Owl as year-round residents. William Gambel lived to be only 27 years old.  You can read the remarkable story of this pioneer naturalist here