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Clark Perkins Streator

Clark Perkins Streator, born in Ohio in 1866, was a life-long ornithologist, naturalist, and taxidermist.

In the early 1880's, Streator traveled extensively throughout the West Indies to collect birds for ornithologist Charles B. Cory. Around 1890, Streator collected in British Columbia for the American Museum of Natural History, as well as, the Santa Barbara Society of Natural History. In later years he also collected alongside E.W. Nelson and E.A. Goldman in Idaho, Colorado, California, Nevada and Texas.

During the spring and summer of 1892, under direction of the Biological Survey of the Department of Agriculture, Streator visited and collected on Santa Catalina Island April, San Miguel Island, Santa Rosa Island, and Santa Cruz Island. The field notes which he took on these series of trips and many of his collections are in the United States National Museum. In 1899 Streator worked at the California Academy of Sciences for one year before taking a position with C. Hart Merriam in the Division of Birds and Mammals at the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Streator married Ida Jane Lehman of Ashcroft, British Columbia in 1896, and they had three sons. Streator died in Santa Cruz, California on November 28, 1952 at the age of 84.

To learn more about Clark Perkins Streator, please visit:
Schmidly, David. J. 2002. Texas Natural History: A Century of Change. Texas University Press.
Islapedia: Streator, Clark Perkins

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