Monday, April 22, 2013

Thank you, Herndon


Visitor Center at Tipton-Haynes

Special thanks to the good folks with the Herndon Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS) in the Tri-Cities. Last Friday evening, I spoke about my book Ghost Birds, the story of Jim Tanner and his search for ivory-billed woodpecker in the late 1930s. 

Jim Tanner, 1937
After his Cornell/Audubon field research through the Southern swamps 1937-39 and the completion of his dissertation at Cornell, Tanner accepted a teaching position at East Tennessee State University (then known as the Tennessee State Teachers College) in Johnson City only a few miles from where I spoke. Tanner soon became a member of TOS, joining the Herndon Chapter in 1941. After his time in the US Navy during World War II, Tanner began his teaching career at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Our evening meeting was held in the Visitor Center at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Thank you, Roy, Rick and Dr. Fred.


1 comment:

Danice said...

Very interesting. My family is kin to some Herndons. I enjoy your blog very much :)