Roger Tory PetersonArtist / Naturalist
Born: 28 August 1908
Died: 28 July 1996
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York
Best known as: The author of Field Guide to Birds
Roger Tory Peterson was an artist and avid birder who revolutionized the world of bird-watching when he published his Field Guide to Birds in 1934. His detailed paintings and a simplified method of identifying birds helped to make birding a popular hobby. The guide was so successful that Peterson's system was applied to all manner of flora and fauna.
Before Peterson came along, the world’s reigning painter of birds was John J. Audubon.
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