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William L. Finley Papers, 1899-1946 Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953 Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge With digital objects
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Klamath waterfowl mat stage a good comeback

Manuscript that relays the struggle of farmers and land owners versus the Reclamation Services in respects to the lake beds in the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake areas. It was recognized that the drying of the beds is destructive to the local waterfowl because of a lack of a reliable water source. For the farmers and land owners, they would rather see the land as a place of cultivation. The Reclamation Service believed that only a small part could realistically be kept under cultivation. Part of the area in question became a sump and instead of using all of the land for that purpose, a refuge area was set aside which became the Tule Lake Refuge.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Cats have no respect for game laws

Manuscript that ponders whether or not it is justified to exterminate cats that are disrupting a wildlife refuge. The author and Mr. Fairchild observed a trio of cats that caused a bit of mayhem by hunting birds in the refuge.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Compilation of manuscripts on birds

The handwritten manuscript features a rough draft of "Bird lives" as well as other manuscripts that most likely were broken up into different manuscripts later.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Saving from the slaughter

Manuscript that makes a case to stop plume hunting. Author describes a sad scene of grebe bodies littering a lake site in the aftermath of hunting.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Bird lives

Manuscript detailing a trip where several types of birds are observed, but the author's main goal is to spot white herons.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Hunting grebes

Manuscript that shares a few excerpts from "Plight of grebes", focusing on why grebes have been singled out for their plumage.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Ducklings

Manuscript describing the pursuit of ducks and ducklings to observe behavior and hopefully catch a few photos of the mothers and their young.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Trail of death

A manuscript that illustrates the destruction the demand for plumage causes to bird populations.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Southern Oregon lecture I

Manuscript featuring an expansive lecture. Lecture topics include the need for protection of wildlife, photography, and audubon societies.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Lecture

Lecture that focuses on the trip mentioned in both "Malheur" and "White heron search."

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Klamath trip

Manuscript detailing lake trips. Document goes on to describe physical characteristics such as length and plant life, as well as detailing the search for white herons. The author is disappointed to learn that the area was one of the most popular plumage hunting sites.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Plight of grebes

Manuscript containing excerpts from the "Plume hunting", "Grebe hunting", and "Notes on grebe skin traffic" manuscripts. This document further expands upon the motivation of plume hunting. Author also provides physical description, observations of behavior, and figurative description of some specimens in the wild.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Lecture on plumage hunting

Manuscript that appears to be an initial edit of a lecture. The manuscript describes the author's efforts in collecting data, combining the results and findings of three exploratory trips.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953