ring necked pheasant
Order Galliformes: heavy-bodied ground-feeding birds.
Includes turkey, grouse, chicken, new world and old world quail, ptarmigan, partridge, pheasant, junglefowl, and the Cracidae.
#WilliamBeebe is regarded as one of the founders of the field of ecology, as well as one of the early 20th century's major advocates of conservation.
He is also remembered for several theories he proposed about avian evolution which are now regarded as having been ahead of their time.
Beebe was United States' most well known American naturalist prior to the days of television.
As a scientific writer who participated in both the popular and academic worlds, he occupied a similar role to the role later occupied by Stephen Jay Gould.
He was highly critical of efforts to use science to justify political ideologies, such as the stance that women were inferior to men.
Beebe also disapproved of the eugenic ideas advocated by many biologists in the early 20th century.
Beebe had high expectations of the people working under him on all of his expeditions. He nonetheless exhibited a high degree of loyalty to those employees who were capable of meeting his standards. When he felt that pressure of working under him had become too great, he would announce that his birthday was approaching, and his staff would have several days free from work in order to celebrate it.
On one such occasion, when a scientist working under Beebe whispered to him that he knew it was not in fact Beebe's birthday, Beebe responded "A man should have a birthday when he needs one."
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