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Chandler S. Robbins, Birding Legend

12-5-07-02 [Chan Robbins]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.

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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the longtime Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives with the ABA. Ted has written 200+ magazine articles and 5 books, including How to Know the Birds (National Geographic, 2019). He is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and has served on several nonprofit boards. Join Ted at The ABA Blog for his semimonthly spot, “How to Know the Birds,” celebrating common birds and the uncommonly interesting things they do.