A recent MOBIRDS posting ("Maryville area on Sunday" 11/12) which I
forwarded to my brother in New York City raised an interesting question.
>Who's the "Buroughs" of Buroughs
Audubon Society in KC?
My reply was: "That was a GOOD QUESTION!!! Even when I was growing up
in Missouri and had heard of KC's "Burroughs Audubon", I never had any idea or
had ever even thought about it. So, this morning, inspired by your
question, and this is right down your alley, I tried to find out.
Turns out the spelling was wrong in the MOBIRDS posting made by the person who
posted it; it should be Burroughs (two r's), and the
mystery "Burroughs" is John Burroughs. Turns out he has a mostly New York
connection than Missouri, if any at all, which leaves me now to wonder WHY
Kansas City adopted him for the name of the city's Audubon chapter.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he wrote a book long long
ago about John James Audubon. I guess I will have to pose that
question to MOBIRDS. I'll bet there's more than just a few Missouri
Birders who probably have no idea either.
Here's a couple links:
I'm sure there must be some KC folks who can answer this in a heartbeat,
Seattle (Bellevue), WA