Bewick’s Wren in a crabapple tree at the Arboretum.

In fall 1942, a young biologist named Earl J. Larrison wrote an article for the Bulletin entitled “Birds of the Arboretum.” In it, he listed 133 species of birds, 79 of which he categorized as land birds and 54 as water birds.

Seventy-five years later, photographer and birder Larry Hubbell revisits Larrison’s species list and compares it to what he sees today in the park and nearby wetlands. He also discusses how we can all help to preserve and foster avian diversity in our backyards and city.