Chandler S. Robbins, Birding Legend
by Ted Floyd
Chandler S. Robbins, 94, is a living legend, one of the most
important figures in the history of bird identification, bird conservation, and
birder education. In the print version of the September 2012 Birding, we proudly present an extended interview with
Robbins, along with tributes
by a dozen conservationists and educators whose careers have been significantly
influenced by him.
Right: Chandler S. Robbins discourses on some matter or matters related to bird biology. In a moment, he will erupt into his legendary smile. Note also his eternal and legendary hairdo.
Now let’s be honest about something: That interview and those tributes only scrape the tip of the iceberg. There is much, much more to Chan Robbins’ legacy. Anybody who’s been birding for any amount of time in North America has been affected in some way or another by Chan Robbins. For a great many of us, it’s personal: So many of us have “Chan stories.”
Do you have a Chan story? Please share it in the comments field, below.