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P.A. Taverner

P.A. Taverner was born Percy Algernon Fowler in Guelph, Ontario in 1875. After his parents separated and his mother remarried, he took on his mother’s second husband’s surname. Taverner, a self-taught naturalist, was the first ornithologist at the National Museum of Canada, now the Canadian Museum of Nature, from 1912 to 1942. He also helped to establish the Point Pelee National Park and a number of bird sanctuaries across Canada, including Bonaventure Island.

Taverner first earned a living as an architectural draughtsman while studying birds in his spare time. In 1911 he was appointed ornithologist at the National Museum of Canada, where he worked for 30 years, developing a unique system of distributional maps linked to card indexes on individual species containing up-to-date information on bird distribution in Canada. During his life he also published several books, Birds of Eastern Canada (1919), Birds of Western Canada (1926) and Birds of Canada (1934). Notably, the Taverner Cup, a 24 hour competitive birdathon in eastern Ontario was named after him. The Timblerline sparrow, a subspecies of the Brewer’s Sparrow, and a subspecies of Canada Goose were named taverneri in his honor. He died in Ottawa in 1947.

To learn more about P.A. Taverner please visit: http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Auk/v065n01/p0085-p0106.pdf

 

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