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About the A. C. Bent Archives

 birdcentral.net is a privately owned site dedicated to science education through the study of birds.

 Purpose

To promote education and enjoyment of birds. To be a source of information and a platform for K-16 students to share their interest, work, and questions concerning birds. To create science curriculum that promotes experience-based learning.

  Mission

To explore the many possibilities of learning and teaching about birds through the Internet.

  About the Author

Jim Rosso has studied birds since he was seven years and lived in Syracuse, New York. He became involved with the Onondaga Audubon Society and has been birding ever since. He started photographing birds in 1967 and has been fortunate to have photographed birds from Washington to Florida and Maine to San Diego. He recently defended his dissertation in Education Technology. You may contact him at jlrosso@aol.com.

 About the A. C. Bent Archives

The Life Histories of North American Birds is a 26 volume work that was commissioned by the U.S. Government in the 1930s for the purpose of determining the status of birds in the US and determining their economic contributions and costs. The first editor of this work was A.C. Bent who started the project during the1930s and died before its completion. Species profiles were constructed utilizing the experiences and observations of current and historical ornithologists. The material contributes in many ways to our knowledge of birds. The variety of accounts is surprising and the attention to detail remarkable. The accounts are scientific, artistic, and concerned about the human impact on natural resources.

 

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