Abstract - Summer Bird Watching at Wind Cave National Park
Gilliland, J. Richard. 1969. Summer Bird Watching At Wind Cave National Park. South Dakota Bird Notes, Official Publication of the South Dakota Ornithologists' Union (Organized 1949) XII. pp. 53-60.
This is a short article on bird watching at Wind Cave National Park followed by a list of 93 species of birds observed by the author during the summers of 1967 and 1968 as a seasonal naturalist at the Park. About 45 bird hikes were taken; each hike averaged and hour and a half in duration. All three avifaunal habitats were visited at least 10 times during the two-summer period. Pettingill's and Whitney's Birds of the Black Hills served as a general reference and is the source of subspecies where they are listed (Pettingill and Whitney, 1965). The listings and nomenclature are those used in the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds, Fifth Edition, 1957.
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Alvin McDonald was the first systematic explorer of Wind Cave. He explored the cave from 1890 until his death in 1893. More...