In the Footsteps of Margaret Morse Nice

Song Sparrow - Photo Tom Sheley

You probably know that our “mascot”, the Song Sparrow, has a special place in the history of central Ohio ornithology. (Check out Song Sparrow web page for details.) Margaret Morse Nice studied the Song Sparrow right here in Columbus early in the 20th century. Her work transformed field ornithology, and her memory holds a special place for us at Columbus Audubon.

But few of us remember just where Ms. Nice observed those sparrows. Turns out that it was in the present-day location of Tuttle Park. Our friend and acclaimed author Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan researched the work and life of Margaret Morse Nice with help from Sheila Fagan of Columbus Audubon, and visited the area where Nice did her work. She wrote a short piece about her visit that many of you will enjoy: you can read it on her blog. Thanks, Elizabeth!