Chico, George, the Birds, and Me
The Mexican Travelogue of a Woman Naturalist, 1948-1949
Natural History - Ornithology
6 x 9, 248 pp.
20 color photos., 16 b&w photos., 1 line art., 1 map.
Pub Date: 09/01/2008
Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series
  cloth
Price:        $34.00

978-1-60344-061-5

Published by Texas A&M University Press

To Receive E-News
 
 



 

Chico, George, the Birds, and Me

The Mexican Travelogue of a Woman Naturalist, 1948-1949

By Dorothy Chapman Saunders
Edited by Henry M. Reeves and Roy E. Tomlinson

When a mysterious manila envelope reached the hands of Henry “Milt” Reeves, no one could have anticipated the story that waited inside. Enclosed he found a manuscript written half a century earlier and yellowed with age. Each fragile page unfolded the first-person story of a trip Dorothy Chapman Saunders had taken to Mexico in 1948 and 1949 with her husband and seasoned ornithologist, George, to conduct field surveys of waterfowl and white-winged doves for the U.S. government.

In Chico, George, the Birds, and Me, Saunders adeptly describes the birds they saw and the survey work they did. She also charts the other details of their journey as they traveled in a jeep they dubbed “Chico.” A gifted naturalist, Saunders offers an engaging, lively account that reflects her education, experiences, and many capabilities as a traveler, newspaper reporter, journalist, marksman, pilot, and scientist. Her observations will give new insight to those interested in natural history, ornithology, adventure, travel in Mexico, and women in science.

DOROTHY CHAPMAN SAUNDERS earned a Ph.D. in botany at the University of Michigan in 1937. During World War II, she worked in Latin America for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she met and married George Saunders. She later accompanied her husband on field trips as an unpaid researcher. She died in 2002.

What Readers Are Saying:

A most delightful and historical account and first-hand insight of the state of the natural world, particularly birds, in Mexico in the late 1940s.”--Jesús G. Franco Pizaña, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

"A gifted naturalist, Dr. Saunders offers an engaging, lively account that reflects her education, experiences, and many capabilities as a traveler, newspaper reporter, journalist, marksman, pilot, and scientist." -Wildlife Activist

A most delightful and historical account and first-hand insight of the state of the natural world, particularly birds, in Mexico in the late 1940s.” --Jesús G. Franco Pizaña, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

OF RELATED INTEREST

Naturalist's Big Bend
Birder's Mexico
Birding the Southwestern National Parks
Chasing Birds across Texas
Review Copy Request Form Desk Copy Request Form