James Eike’s field book entry for April 6, 1971; his 31st Anniversary. (Record Unit 7342 – James W. Eike Papers, 1927, 1950-1983, Box 1, Folder 8, Smithsonian Institution Archives.) Being an avid reader, every once in a while an item comes across my desk for digitization with such an intriguing story that I can’t help but get sucked into it. That’s what happened when I first saw one of James Eike’s field books . Now I know what you are thinking, “how does one get sucked into a field book?” Often times, field books are filled with lists of specimens or observations from the field, and those created by James Eike , an avid bird watcher and citizen scientist, are no exception. However, among the almost daily counts of birds observed by Eike are glimpses into his personal life, where, according to him, just about every day was glorious. List of items Claire and Susan Eike received for Christmas in 1958. Record Unit 7342 – James W. Eike Papers, 1927, 1950-1983, Box 1, Folder 5, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Neg. No. SIA2012-0088. (Smithsonian Institution Archives) James Eike was born in Woodbridge, Virginia on September 29, 1911 to Carl and Sarah […]

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