PHOTOS ON AUCTION!
|BRFAL Chapter Trainees use Peterson Field Guides|
|Our backpacks usually contain one or more field guides|
By ULA ILNYTZKY
NEW YORK (AP) - Artist and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson's illustrated Field Guide series helped popularize bird watching the world over and set the standard for the modern nature guide. Next month, bird lovers will have the chance to buy the original paintings, drawings and photographs that were used to illustrate his system of bird identification.
Peterson's estate is offering hundreds of items on Sept. 8 through Guernsey's Auctioneers. The sale will also include Peterson's preliminary studies including a section on Penguins, a family of birds he especially loved.
Peterson, who died in 1996 at the age of 87, spent a lifetime watching, painting and photographing birds in the wild, drawing comparisons to the 19th century ornithologist John James Audubon.
An accomplished painter and photographer who attended the Art Students League in New York, Peterson's first book, "A Field Guide to the Birds," was published in 1934 and has never been out of print. Fifty-two other volumes followed. Read the entire article here.
MOST VIRGINIA MASTER NATURALISTS OWN A PETERSON FIELD GUIDE OR TWO!