Talk:J. Dewey Soper

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1893

Born on a farm near Guelph, Ontario

Interested in the arctic as a youth. Read all he could find. Worked as a builder to earn enough to go to University of Alberta to study Zoology.

1920,

met R. M. Anderson, head of Natural History Division of Victoria Memorial Museum in Ottawa.

1923,

appointed naturalist for the federal Arctic Expedition of the National Museum of Canada.

The first explorer to successfully cross Baffin Island and return,

Three geographical features on Baffin Island named for him: Soper River, Soper Highlands, Dewey Doper Bird Sanctuary

1924,

started looking for the blue goose (dominant colour phase of the snow goose) breeding grounds

1929,

found a small colony of eight blue goose nests with juveniles.

1930-31,

Soper's last arctic expedition

1932,

two years of fieldwork in Wood Buffalo National Park reporting on the status and life history of bison

1934,

federal Chief Migratory Bird Officer (18 years)

1952,

took early retirement to pursue life as a field naturalist

1957,

nesting territory set aside 55000 sq km federal Dewey Soper Bird Sanctuary

1959,

met with Bill Fuller at the University of Alberta; wanted his natural history specimens to remain in Alberta rather than going to Ottawa.

1960,

University of Alberta granted Soper an honorary Doctor of Laws and a research associateship in recognition of his zoological contributions to Canada. The Department of Zoology gave him a small honorarium in return.

1960-1980, depositing his natural history specimens in the university's Zoology Museum.

Worked independently past his 70th birthday; turned down undergraduate assistants.

Contribution to Canadian natural history: extensive travels publications and reports written, maps produced and corrected pen and ink sketches paintings, photos meticulous field notes.

Notebooks, diaries, catalogues, memorabilia 2500 mammal and bird study skins to the University of Alberta

Much is preserved in the university Archives

130 scientific and natural history articles

1964

The Mammals of Alberta The authoritative reference for several decades.

Named subspecies of birds and mammals provided baseline knowledge about the bison in Wood Buffalo National Park explored arctic, prairies, Rocky Mountain parks, portions of Northwest Territories and Yukon.

1971

Became the Federation of Alberta Naturalists first honorary member.

1980

The Canadian Nature Federation granted him the Douglas H. Pimlott Conservation Award.

Character/personality

many achievements, international reputation as explorer, naturalist, and writer

quiet, unpretentious, unassuming

learned Inuit ways. Lived as a northerner rather than a visiting scientist.


1982 Died

Facts and References[edit]

Facts within:

1893

Born on a farm near Guelph, Ontario

Interested in the arctic as a youth. Read all he could find. Worked as a builder to earn enough to go to University of Alberta to study Zoology.

1920

met R. M. Anderson, head of Natural History Division of Victoria Memorial Museum in Ottawa.

1923

appointed naturalist for the federal Arctic Expedition of the National Museum of Canada.

The first explorer to successfully cross Baffin Island and return,

Three geographical features on Baffin Island named for him: Soper River, Soper Highlands, Dewey Doper Bird Sanctuary

1924

started looking for the blue goose (dominant colour phase of the snow goose) breeding grounds

1929

found a small colony of eight blue goose nests with juveniles.

1930-31

Soper's last arctic expedition

1932

two years of fieldwork in Wood Buffalo National Park reporting on the status and life history of bison

1934

federal Chief Migratory Bird Officer (18 years)

1952

took early retirement to pursue life as a field naturalist

1957

nesting territory set aside 55000 sq km federal Dewey Soper Bird Sanctuary

1959

met with Bill Fuller at the University of Alberta; wanted his natural history specimens to remain in Alberta rather than going to Ottawa.

1960,

University of Alberta granted Soper an honorary Doctor of Laws and a research associateship in recognition of his zoological contributions to Canada. The Department of Zoology gave him a small honorarium in return.

1960-1980, depositing his natural history specimens in the university's Zoology Museum.

Worked independently past his 70th birthday; turned down undergraduate assistants.

Contribution to Canadian natural history: extensive travels publications and reports written, maps produced and corrected pen and ink sketches paintings, photos meticulous field notes.

Notebooks, diaries, catalogues, memorabilia 2500 mammal and bird study skins to the University of Alberta

Much is preserved in the university Archives

130 scientific and natural history articles

1964

The Mammals of Alberta The authoritative reference for several decades.

Named subspecies of birds and mammals provided baseline knowledge about the bison in Wood Buffalo National Park explored arctic, prairies, Rocky Mountain parks, portions of Northwest Territories and Yukon.

1971

Became the Federation of Alberta Naturalists first honorary member.

1980

The Canadian Nature Federation granted him the Douglas H. Pimlott Conservation Award.

Character/personality

many achievements, international reputation as explorer, naturalist, and writer

quiet, unpretentious, unassuming

learned Inuit ways. Lived as a northerner rather than a visiting scientist.


1982

Died

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