Deborah Cramer update related to the Narrow Edge GMG post:
“Piping plovers are also on Coffin’s Beach, an oyster catcher has come into Essex Bay, and in a few weeks, and right now the red knots are up in the Arctic nesting. They’ll be heading back later this summer, and some will pause to refuel in Essex Bay.”
David Eliot Gould’s 1895 entry on piping plovers reads like the summer of 2016:
“From many of its resorts along the Atlantic Coast, where in former days it was most abundant, it has been driven by the advance of fashion and the influx of the summer’s passing population, until it is now found chiefly on the more retired parts of the coast where it is most free from molestation.”
I’ve added the illustration. The artist, “Ernest” Sheppard, illustrated scientific and natural history, primarily birds, including History of North American Birds in 1874. He was on the staff of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia; in 1969 he was one member of the 3 man ornithological committee of the Academy that pleaded for more funding and care in their department. So, what did they ask for “to ensure the preservation of the best collection of birds on the continent, and, with one exception, the largest in the world” ?
First they recounted recent acquisitions such as a rare egg of the Great Auk. Then they explained that the repository required more funding, space, display, inventory systems, and conservation (a tricky endeavor with these specimens.) Insects were on the warpath! Poison was effective.
The 2016 restoration of the Civil War coat and display options may resonate.
From the ornithological committee’s submission to the annual report, excerpted from Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Volume 21, 1869