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Alexander Wilson and the Cape May Warbler: A Tiger’s Tale


Alexander Wilson and the Cape May Warbler: A Tiger’s Tale

Paisley Natural History Society is starting up its autumn programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Tom Byars on Thursday the 5September at 7.30pm in Paisley Museum.

Alexander Wilson (1766 – 1813) was born in Paisley, but is known as the “Father of American Ornithology”. He named the Cape May Warbler, after the site in which he first recorded the bird, in New Jersey, America in 1811. However, in June 1977, this American species was discovered singing in Glen Park – remarkable but true the story has come full circle.

To commemorate the bicentenary of the death of this important local hero, Tom Byars will provide an insight into this remarkable little bird.

The talk is free and open to everyone, just come along.


Paisley Natural History society

Paisley Natural History society was formed in the early 1970’s by local naturalists and is still going strong. The aims of the society are simple:

1. To encourage the study of natural history in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

2. To support the conservation of wildlife and habitats; and

3. To maintain links with the Natural History department of Paisley Museum.

Regular indoor meetings are held in Paisley Museum on Thursday evenings during the winter months covering a variety of natural history topics from butterflies and birds to fungi and fossils and outings are organised during the summer months visiting sites throughout Scotland.

You don’t need to be a member to come along to the talks, they are open to anyone with an interest in natural history.

Copies of the winter talks programme can be obtained from Paisley Museum and the talks are also listed on the Renfrewshire Council website.



For more information about the Paisley Natural History Society visit our website at or contact Lesley Hill (Club Secretary) on 0141 884 3352.