Rails: Post-partum Reflection

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S. Dillon Ripley speaks of his dearly departed friend, Hugh Birckhead, and their shared fascination for birds and the artwork of birds. Ripley reminisces about World War II and Southeast Asian birds. He talks about the influence of the artist Thomas Bewick, and acknowledges the work of the artist, Crimilda Pontes, on his book, "Rails of the World." Ripley thanks his wife, Mary, for her support.


  • Birckhead, Hugh
  • Pontes, Crimilda
  • Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001


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Ripley's speech in honor of publication of his monograph "Rails of the World" during an event held on the Mall at the Smithsonian Institution.

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  • Rails (Birds)
  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Public programs
  • Scientific illustration
  • Ornithology

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