Florence Augusta <I>Merriam</I> Bailey

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Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey

Death 22 Sep 1948 (aged 85)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Port Leyden, Lewis County, New York, USA
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Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey, Clinton Hart's sister, was a pioneering ornithologist who introduced the idea of popular field guides for bird identification. Florence Merriam married Vernon Bailey a field naturalist a long-time collecting partner of C. Hart Merriam's. Vernon died in Berkeley, California in 1942.

Bailey became the first woman associate member of the American Ornithologists' Union in 1885, its first woman fellow in 1929, and the first woman recipient of its Brewster Medal in 1931, awarded for Birds of New Mexico. She was a founding member of the Audubon Society of the District of Columbia and frequently led its classes in basic ornithology. Her last major written work was Among the Birds in the Grand Canyon National Park, published by the National Park Service in 1939. A subspecies of California Mountain Chickadee was named Parus gambeli baileyae in her honor in 1908.

Her works include "Birds Through an Opera Glass", "My Summer in a Mormon Village", "A Birding on a Bronco", "Birds of Village and Field" and " A Handbook of Birds of Western United States." History of Lewis County,1880-1965

She died in Washington, D.C., on September 22, 1948.

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  • Created by: CHerr
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 77737548
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey (8 Aug 1863–22 Sep 1948), Find a Grave Memorial no. 77737548, citing Locust Grove Cemetery, Port Leyden, Lewis County, New York, USA ; Maintained by CHerr (contributor 47103644) .