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old friend or a novelty," the Souvenir
reported. "He knew where to find birds
and was familiar with their every action,
and when returned from a hunt with a
goodly number of specimens few could
equal him in making cornmeal, arsenic
and feathers fly as they were converted
to skins."
Ornithologist B.H. Warren was born
in West Chester and affiliated with the
Academy, but his work centered in state
government in Harrisburg. His encyclopedic 434-page Report on the Birds
of Pennsylvania in 1890 surely helped
Pennsylvania secure a better understanding of the resident and seasonal wild
birds that spent all or portions of their
lives here.
Warren, who worked as an ornithologist for the Pennsylvania State Board
of Agriculture, used his book to cover
species' natural history and distribution,
but also focused on species' food habits
"based on over 4,000 stomach examinations."
Warren, who had strong ties to Baird,
leaned on his old friend for permission
to use some of the species descriptions
in Baird's 1860 Birds of North America,
which had the distinction of following
Audubon's seminal Birds of America, the
second volume of which was published
in 1838. With the help of Cassin, Baird
went on to identify and describe species
undocumented by Audubon.
Warren received permission, but Baird
wouldn't live to see Warren's book. He
died three years before it was published.
Warren and Clinton Hart Merriam,
chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Division of Ornithology and Mammalogy, worked together to shoot holes in
the Scalp Act of 1885 by proving through
stomach examinations of hawks that 95
percent of their diet consisted of mice,
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other destructive mammals and insects,
not game and poultry.
The Scalp Act placed a 50-cent bounty
on weasels, minks, gray and red foxes, and
all hawks and owls, excepting saw-whet,
screech and barn owls. Sadly, his book
wouldn't greatly influence the course of
wildlife management in Pennsylvania; the
Game Commission offered avian predator
bounties into the mid-1960s.
After the Game Commission's creation
in 1895, Warren would serve as its first
executive secretary, from November 1896
to July 1898. He also served as ornithologist to the Board of Game Commissioners



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