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Robert E. Stewart

Robert E. Stewart was born on April 16, 1913, in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Grimes, Iowa. Bob, as he was known, obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1936 and a graduate degree in zoology from the University of Michigan in 1937. After graduating, he stayed in Michigan to complete work on the life history of the Common Yellowthroat.

Bob spent his entire career as a wildlife research biologist with the federal government. He began at the Bureau of Biological Survey, which later became the US Fish and Wildlife Service, at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. While at Patuxent he conducted significant research on the birds of Maryland, especially the waterfowl of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1960, Bob transferred to the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota where he studied plant and animal ecology.

Bob contributed several important books including Birds of Maryland and Washington, DC, and Breeding Birds of North Dakota. He also authored numerous publications. Bob was a fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union, and member of the Wilson Ornithological Society, Cooper Ornithological Society, The Wildlife Society, the North Dakota History Society and the Ecological Society of America. Bob retired from FWS in 1976 after a 40-year career and later died in Florida on July 15, 1993 at the age of 80.

Thanks to Judy Reynolds for suggesting this biography.

Resources for this biography and image include:

Perry, M. PWRC Biography: Robert E. Stewart.
Messersmith, D.H. 2008. A History of Birding in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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