Crossfield, Ernestine (1997) A natural adaptation : Elsie (McAlister) Cassels, Scottish immigrant and naturalist on the Albertan prairie, 1889-1938. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
Elsie McAlister Cassels (1864-1938) was a well-respected naturalist and served as Vice President of the Alberta Natural History Society from 1917 to 1922. A Scottish immigrant who homesteaded with her husband near Red Deer, Alberta, she corresponded with such Canadian ornithologists as Percy A. Taverner and William Rowan. Strongly opposed to shooting birds for identification, she kept meticulous field notes and focused on the life-histories of birds. As an early conservationist, she helped educate the public about nature, and assisted in the creation of the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary. The following biography will highlight her contributions to Canadian ornithology, and situate her within the context of British imperialism on the Albertan prairie.
|Divisions:||Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies|
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Pagination:||vii, 147,  leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.|
|Degree Name:||Theses (M.A.)|
|Program:||Special Individualized Programme|
|Thesis Supervisor(s):||Pedersen, Diana|
|Deposited By:||Concordia University Libraries|
|Deposited On:||27 Aug 2009 13:10|
|Last Modified:||08 Dec 2010 10:13|
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