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Edwin Beaupre fonds
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CA ON00259 SC 18
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13 cm of textual records (8 volumes)
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Edwin Beaupre (1873-1930) was an amateur ornithologist and collector of birds and their eggs and nests. Beaupre was born in Portsmouth Ont., near Kingston, on August 10, 1873, and he lived most of his life in the area. In addition to his field observations and egg collecting, Beaupre was a bird photographer and bander. He was an Associate of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and contributed articles to various journals, including the Canadian Field Naturalist. His diaries, publications, and egg collections cover a 30-year time period, and were, at the time, the longest consecutive account of birds in the Kingston area.
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Fonds consists of seven journals of bird and weather observations in the Kingston area, as well as an accompanying index. The first two volumes give a daily account of weather and bird observations over the period covering March 1st, 1895 to September 28th, 1900. Volumes 3 and 4 note sightings of birds and observations, in addition to which there are several passages giving detailed descriptions of some specific species of birds. Volumes 5 and 6 detail bird sightings, as well as some weather observations. Volume 6 also contains a supplement of a diary from a trip to Okatoks, Alberta. Volume 7 opens with observations on egg collecting as well as personal inquiries about the nature of nest-making. The volume then goes on to describe the materials found in the nests, the number of eggs collected and the different locations of nests for various species, and occasionally notes the date when a nest was found. The index is in two parts, the first of which lists the species of birds mentioned in the first six volumes of the fonds and indicates where each mention occurs. The second section lists the birds described in the Okatoks, Alberta notes, and indicates where each mention may be found.
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Beaupre’s collection of specimens was donated to ROM as specified in his will; it is likely his records were donated at the same time.
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The ROM holds 377 bird specimens collected by Beaupre in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta.
Biographical information from: Cranmer-Byng, Jack, and Martin K. McNicholl. Ornithology in Ontario. Whitby, Ont.: Hawk Owl, 1994, and "Obituaries." Auk 47.4 (1930): 603.
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- Beaupre, Edwin, 1873-1930 (Creator)