News About The Raptor Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
W.J. Swainson and Swainson's Hawk
Ever wonder how some birds got their names? The Swainson's hawk - one of which was released at our Fall Raptor Release event - was named after William John Swainson. Today, October 8, is the 224th anniversary of his birthday (1789-1855).
Mr. Swainson was an ornithologist, illustrator, and had some interesting ideas about classification of living things.