A newly published book, “Birds of the Genesee: And the Stories of Those Who Watch Them,” by Robert Marcotte, includes stories and quotes by Hobart and William Smith biologists Elon H. Eaton and Mark Deutschlander.
Eaton (1866-1935) established the biology department at HWS in 1908, taught here until 1934, and played a prominent role in the history of ornithology in New York state. One of Eaton’s most important contributions was the publication of the two-volume “Birds of New York” in the early 1900s.
“Birds of the Genesee” describes the contributions of Eaton and includes numerous quotes from him. Personal insight about his activities is provided by quotes from his son, Stephen Eaton, an established ornithologist who followed his father’s career path in academia.
Deutschlander continues the tradition of ornithological research at HWS through his studies on migratory and breeding birds. He studies the sensory capabilities of birds, especially the role of vision and a magnetic sense in bird migration and navigation.
Deutschlander conducts most of his research at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, http://www.bbbo.org, just west of Rochester on the south shore of Lake Ontario.
His research and the activities of the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, where he is currently president of the board of directors, are also described in the book, which was written by Marcotte, a columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle, and published by Q Publishing of Virginia.
Copies are available at the Barnes and Noble stores in Greece, Webster and Pittsford, Borders on Hyland Drive in Henrietta, Liftbridge in Brockport and at the observatory.