Florence M. Bailey – Diary 1887

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What kind of passion drives a person to pioneering efforts over and over again? Florence M. Bailey (1863-1948) might be a good example. Devoted to the study and protection of birds, she started the Smith College Audubon Society while at the college. By the time she was twenty-two, she had become the first female associate member of the Ornithologists Union (1885). An amateur ornithologist, she would go on to even more firsts, always advocating for the use of binoculars, not shotguns, to observe birds.

Please help us transcribe Florence's 1887 diary and get a glimpse into her life two years after becoming a member of the Ornithologists Union.

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