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CROSSLEY, George Emmons

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CROSSLEY, George Emmons. (Dubuque, IA, May 21, 1911--Dubuque, IA, May 21, 1989). Crossley, past president of the Nature Conservancy of Iowa and member/officer of the Dubuque Audubon Society, conducted a breeding study of birds for twenty years in Jackson County for the National Fish and Wildlife Service. The study required him to drive a 25-mile route between Maquoketa and LaMotte, stopping every three minutes to record all birds heard or seen.

During a lifetime of observing nature, Crossley compiled a record of sighting 496 of the estimated 645 species of United States birds. Crossley and his wife Frieda CROSSLEY were awarded the William Dutcher Award by the National Audubon Society at its March 26, 1988 convention for their service to the organization.



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