Thursday, April 01, 2010

Founding of Michigan Audubon

In the March 1904 issue of the Bulletin of the Michigan Ornithological Club (Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 27), we learn that "The Michigan Audubon Society [now simply Michigan Audubon] was organized at Detroit on February 27th [1904], as an auxiliary to the Michigan Ornithological Club."

The stated objectives of the Society were as follows:
(1) To disseminate information respecting the economic value of birds to agriculture, and their importance to the welfare of man.

(2) To discourage the purchase or use of the feathers of any birds for ornamentation, except those of the Ostrich and domesticated fowls.

(3) To discourage the destruction of wild birds and their eggs (except for scientific purposes).

(4) To establish Bird Day exercises in the schools of the State of Michigan, in connection with the celebration of Arbor Day, and to encourage the introduction of bird study in schools.
I find it of particular interest that Michigan Audubon was originally founded as an auxiliary of the Michigan Ornithological Club.

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