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Title: Book - I Live With Birds
Identifier: 2005.4.45.1
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1968
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2005
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A hard covered book entitled 'I Live With Birds' by Erindale resident Roy Ivor. Published in 1968 by Ryerson. The front fold has an endorsement by J. L. Hughes, General Manager of the Ontario Humane Society while the back panel contains an endorsement from Barry L. Penhale, Publisher, The Canadian Outdoorsman; and Dr. Alan C. Secord, Secord Animal Clinic, Toronto, Ontario. Inside the front flyleaf, there is pencil-writing reading: G. 8 6.95. In blue ink: Kathleen Sayers, July 1968, with love from Mona.

History:Book given to Kathleen Sayers from friend Mona Kay. Kathleen, or 'Kay' was married to Geoffrey Harris Sayers who was the grandson of Arthur Harris of Benares. Mona Kay lived at Benares for many years as a companion and caretaker for Mary Harris and later Naomi Harris..

Roy Ivor (1880-1879) was born in Strathroy, Ontario and later moved to Saskatechwan where his interest and love of birds first developed. In 1928, Ivor moved to Erindale where he soon dedicated all his time and efforts into the care and protection of birds by building Windinglane Sanctuary. During the fifty years that he ran the sanctuary, Ivor, affectionately known as the Birdman of Mississauga, wrote numerous articles in various magazines including the National Geographic, Nature Magazine and The Auk. Ivor was a soft hearted and gentle man who was sometimes criticized for his sentimental rather than cold objective approach to his study of birds and their behaviour. He wrote of their emotions, personalities, ability to reason, and even their sense of humour. His book I Live with Birds (1968) is an interesting collection of knowledge and wisdom he had learned from his forty years (at that time) spent caring for them. Ivor's work and his writings gained him much notoriety and acclaim. He received the Order of Canada and an honourary Doctorate of Sciences from the University of Windsor.
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