Yesterday, August 28, was the 105-th anniversary of the birth of Roger Tory Peterson one of the most influential naturalists of the 20-th century. Born in 1908 in Jamestown New York, his first book, Field Guide to the Birds was published in 1934 when he was only 26, and helped make bird identification accessible to the general public.
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) was founded in Jamestown to continue his work. Their website has a excellent short biography of RTP which highlights his accomplishments and shows just how important his work was to the environmental movement of the 20-th century.
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI): Biography of Roger Tory Peterson.