Monthly Archives: April 2018

gloved hand holding stuffed downy woodpecker specimen

Searching for Spelman’s Birds

In the 1880s, a group of Harvard students known as the Champlain Society spent their summers on Mount Desert Island documenting flora and fauna, the first comprehensive surveys of the area’s natural history. Their Ornithology Department was led by Henry Spelman, a lifelong lover of birds. His story, and the search for the bird specimens […]