James Eike

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James W. Eike
Born (1911-09-29)September 29, 1911
Woodbridge, Virginia
Died February 8, 1983(1983-02-08) (aged 71)
Fairfax, Virginia
Known for birdwatcher and former president of the Virginia Society of Ornithology
Influenced 111 field books are part of Smithsonian's Field Book Registry
Notable awards James W. Eike Service Award was created by the Society in his honor in 1984

James W. Eike (September 29, 1911 - February 8, 1983)[1] was a birdwatcher and former president of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. The James W. Eike Service Award was created by the Society in his honor in 1984.[2][3]

Eike was born in Woodbridge, Virginia. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1932 and began a federal career in 1934 with the U.S. Public Health Service. He later worked for the Civil Service Commission and joined the U.S. State Department in 1946. He retired in 1970 from the U.S. Information Agency.[4]

He lived in Northern Virginia around Falls Church and Fairfax. He kept detailed field notebooks which recorded his observation of birds, as well as weather conditions, for over 30 years, rarely missing a day. His observations were concentrated near his home in Northern Virginia, but also include Maryland, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. Eike joined the Virginia Society of Ornithology in 1933, and was an active member and officer of the Society for the rest of his life.[3][5]

Eike's personal papers are held by the Smithsonian Institution Archives.[3] His collection of 111 field books are part of Smithsonian's Field Book Registry; they have been scanned and posted online.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry.com. Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  2. ^ "James Eike Service Award". Virginia Society of Ornithology. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "SIA RU007342, Eike, James W, James W. Eike Papers, 1927, 1950-1983". Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "James Eike, 71, Dies of Cancer; Former USIA Personnel Officer". Washington Post. Proquest Historical Newspapers. Feb 21, 1983. p. B20. 
  5. ^ Nakasone, Sonoe. "Glorious Day! Or A Bird Watcher’s Field Notes". The Field Book Project Blog. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "James Eike, Field Book Registry". Collections Search Center. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 21 June 2013.