Frances Hamerstrom

Writer from United States of America

Frances "Fran" Hamerstrom (December 16, 1908 - August 29, 1998) was an American author, naturalist and ornithologist known for her work with the greater prairie chicken in Wisconsin, and for her research on birds of prey. The only female graduate student of ecologist and A Sand County Almanac author Aldo Leopold, was a prolific writer, publishing over 100 professional papers and 10 books on the prairie chicken, harriers, eagles, and other wildlife topics. Some were translated into German. Born in 1907 in Boston, Massachusetts, Frances Flint grew up in a wealthy family, and attended Milton Academy. As a child Hamerstrom developed a fascination with the natural world. Despite her father's complaint that such behavior was "unladylike", she kept wild pets and learned to hunt. To keep her family from uncovering evidence of her wildlife adventures, she planted poison ivy along the path that led to where she kept her wilderness gear. (Hamerstrom was naturally immune to its effects). She married Frederick Hamerstrom in 1931 in secret. The Hamerstroms kept their marriage secret from their parents and were later re-married in a ceremony in Massachusetts. Hamerstrom and her husband wished to  ( Wikipedia article )


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