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CROSSLEY, Frieda. (Denver, IA- ). Crossley, a music teacher at IRVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AUDUBON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL, and JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL in Dubuque, and her husband George Emmons CROSSLEY were awarded the William Dutcher Award by the National Audubon Society. Presented at the March 26, 1988 convention, the award recognized the Crossleys for their long service to the society. Beginning in 1951 the Crossleys achieved nearly perfect attendance at Audubon Society conventions in addition to bringing their knowledge to those outside the society.

Crossley trekked with her husband through remote areas of the world including Guatemala, India, and Peru in search of elusive birds. Closer to home, Crossley aided her husband in a twenty year survey of breeding birds in eastern Iowa for the National Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Crossleys brought their knowledge to the public through a series of nature films. Frieda, able to apply her musical training to learning the call of birds, taught the elements of bird study to appreciative audiences at 4-H and Girl Scout camps.



Bielema, Ross, "Birdwatcher Recalls Early Trips," Telegraph Herald, February 19, 1990, p. 12