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Jane Brooks Hine

Jane Brooks Hine was known as the Bird Woman of Indiana. Jane wrote about nature, especially the birds that frequented her farm and surrounding lakes and marshes. She was a nationally known writer and speaker at the time of her death in 1916.

Jane was born in Madison, Lake County, Ohio April 2, 1831. At age six she moved with her family to Erie County, Ohio. She attended Oberlin College in 1852/3. She married Horatio S. Hine in 1857. In 1861, they moved their family to DeKalb County, Indiana. The family eventually included six children and their home became known as Birdlawn. The adjoining farm was known as Meadow Lark. Her most famous writing was in the Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Fisheries and Game for Indiana, 1911. Jane's chapter was called Game and Land Birds of an Indiana Farm. It was placed in the cornerstone of the Courthouse in Auburn.

She wrote articles for the AUK, The Farmer's Guide and was a member of the National Ornithological Society. She was one of four women to contribute to Amos Butler's Birds of Indiana in 1898. She was given credit for the first bobolink sighting in Noble County, Indiana in 1883 by the Indiana Academy of Sciences. In 1890, the Indiana Horticultural Society of Indiana gives Jane credit for seeing the Olive-sided Flycatcher, a rare migrant. in 1914, she was invited by President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson to a party and play called Bird Masque at their summer home. This party was to call attention to the needless destruction of birds for their feathers.

In 1916, Jane passed away in DeKalb County, just shy of her 85th birthday.

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