By Barbara Walvoord
Originally published in the Lathrop Lamp Post, May 19-25, 2018
Several dozen residents joined resident leaders Judy Hyde and Susan Smith for birdwalks on both campuses earlier this month. They saw 38 different species on the north campus, and 29 on the east.
A pleasant surprise on the north campus was a Cooper’s hawk—described as a secretive, inconspicuous species, particularly in the breeding season.
So who was Cooper? Surprise! William C. Cooper was a 19th century scientist who collected specimens of all kinds of animals including birds, and was one of the founders of the New York Academy of Sciences. Cooper’s friend Charles Lucien Bonaparte (nephew of Napoleon) relied on one of Cooper’s specimens in 1825-33, while compiling his four-volume American ornithology, or, The natural history of birds inhabiting the United States, not given by Wilson : with figures drawn, engraved, and coloured, from nature. In honor of his friend, Bonaparte named “Cooper’s hawk.” Continue reading Surprise–A Cooper’s Hawk