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. 

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