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USF library preserving early Audubon records

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2014 at 09:41 AM

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Documents detailing the protection of wading birds before the establishment of Everglades National Park are being digitized at the University of South Florida.

Thousands of game warden records from Audubon Florida’s Tavernier Science Center have been delivered to the USF library’s Florida Studies Collection.

Matt Knight, the library’s coordinator of special collections, told The Key West Citizen that he hopes to have the documents scanned, archived and posted online within a month.

The documents date from 1901 through the late 1940s, when exotic bird feathers were fashionable and bird populations plummeted.

Audubon’s Pete Frezza said the records include bird counts, details about weather events such as the 1935 Labor Day hurricane and field notes from a warden believed to have been killed by hunters stalking wading birds for their plumage.


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