National Geographic : 1962 Apr
The author, at his office desk, aims his camera at a green her on at the edge of the pond. His "Early American" feeder re produces a rail-and-pine-stump fence. Squirrel-proof feeder on a pipe welcomes chickadees. Venetian blinds screen a visitor in the public observatory. Dr. Allen, for half a century a teacher at Cornell, became the world's first professor of orni thology. He is now honorary di rector of the laboratory that he founded. To NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC he has contributed 17 articles and a book, Stalking Birds With Color Camera, that has sold nearly 100,000 copies. Crow-sized green heron spots a goldfish in the pond; catches a toehold, bends over the log, and spears the fish; turns it in open bill; gobbles it head first; swallows it down to the tail; and gulps with satisfaction. One thing leads to another. Lyman Stuart, a member of the Cornell University class of 1921, asked me whether I had some favorite project at the university in which he could help. I told him about a cool woodland some three miles from the Cornell campus. In 1909 the great bird artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes and I had named this unspoiled wilderness Sapsucker Woods, after the yellow-bellied sapsucker nesting there (page 548). We had dreamed of preserving it as a bird sanctuary, but by now many of the great oaks and hem locks had been felled for timber. Highway and 532 housing developments were coming closer.