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Florence Bailey
(August 8, 1863 - September 22, 1948)

1834 Kalorama Rd. NW, Kalorama neighborhood, DC.

A passionate ornithologist, Bailey was the author of eight books on American birding for adults and children, including Birds Through an Opera Glass (1889), My Summer In A Mormon Village (1894), A-Birding On A Bronco (1896), Birds of Village and Field (1898), Handbook of Birds of the Western United States (1902), Wild Animals of Glacier National Park (1918), and Among the Birds in the Grand Canyon National Park (1939). Bailey revolutionized the study of birds by her emphasis on watching living birds in their natural habitats, rather than studying collections and skins, and her guides are considered the first in the tradition of modern bird guides.

Bailey was a founding member of the Audubon Society in DC and taught its classes in basic ornithology. A subspecies of California Mountain Chickadee is named in her honor.