Book review: The man who saved the whooping crane: The Robert Porter Allen story

Journal of Field Ornithology



Kathleen Kaska has done a remarkable job of capturing the life of Robert Porter Allen, truly one of the premier biologist/conservationists of the twentieth century. Allen, born in 1905, grew up reading outdoor adventure books and playing in the woods of northern Pennsylvania with his brother. At a young age, he was encouraged to join the Junior Audubon club and his passion for ornithology soon crystallized. He attended Lafayette College to study ornithology, but he was disinterested in academics and fared poorly. He dropped out after two years and joined the Merchant Marines. Not an auspicious beginning for such a highly respected scientist and conservationist! Soon, however, he landed a librarian job with Audubon and his diligence, acumen, and communication skills allowed him to take more and more responsibilities. He became one of the youngest Audubon sanctuary directors ever appointed, and he was also able to secure a fellowship through Cornell to work on Roseate Spoonbills (Platalea ajaja). Audubon later appointed him to lead their Whooping Crane (Grus americana) studies.

Review info: The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane. By Kathleen Kaska, 2012. ISBN: 978-0813040240, 256 pp.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Book review: The man who saved the whooping crane: The Robert Porter Allen story
Series title Journal of Field Ornithology
DOI 10.1111/jofo.12010_2
Volume 84
Issue 1
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Northeastern Bird-Banding Association
Publisher location Ipswich, NH
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 2 p.
First page 115
Last page 116
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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