Clara Cozard Keezel
Garnett Kansas February 17,1914Mr John MuirMartinez, Calif.Dear Sir;-I want to thank you for your cordial letter - received to-day - commending my "Bird Study Note Book".As to its size, it is too large for field use, but you will notice in my preface I suggest a small note book from which this more complete record can be made.My note book is designed primarily for children in the grades and has grown out of my work with them - indeed this is my outline just as I have used it for several years, My aim is to record all necessary information but not enough to be burdensome. First in importance is to have the children recognize the birds, then learn to love them thro feeding and protecting them.Right now - in my school room - are forty of the most enthusiastic little bird students you ever saw and reposing on a shelf are ten more boxes to be put up as soon as our present snow is gone. At one of our windows is a feeding board and nailed-on a tree where we can watch it from our windows is a generous piece of suet. Friday we timed a Downy Woodpecker. He ate diligently for seven minutes. We can scarcely look out that we do not see Hairy and Downy woodpeckers, Chickadees and Nuthatches at the suet. Of-course the children are delighted and I feel sure they are learning lessons of sympathy and care for these little creatures that they will never forget.Sincerely and gratefully[illegible]05710
1914 Feb 17
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 22, Image 0187
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