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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ben Gelman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1921 in New York

Died: 2007 in Carbondale, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

He lived in Carbondale, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ben Gelman is a southern Illinois naturalist and ornithologist. He was the Sunday editor and a columnist for the Southern Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library

Bird Watching with Ben
ISBN: 0809312220

Southern Illinois University Press. 1985

Ben Gelman likes birds. He is a writer and editor, not a scientist, not an or­nithologist. Yet for the past half century he has been doing what ornithologists do—watching birds, studying them, counting them, keeping lists of species, writing about them.

Gelman’s approach is personal, conver­sational, not technical—an invitation to go bird watching with a knowledgeable, enthusiastic friend. He shares what he has seen and what can be seen in South­ern Illinois.

Roger Tory Peterson concludes his Foreword to Bird Watching with Ben with this endorsement: “But I must let Ben tell about the birds he has seen in these ornithological hotspots [in south­ern Illinois] as well as those which visit him around his home. You will enjoy his observations and insights as I have.”