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Abstract: The contribution of Dr. J.E.H. Kelso to the early understanding of the bird fauna of the Lower Arrow Lake area of the West Kootenay region is presented for the period of his residence, 1913 to 1932. In addition to his published account (Kelso 1926), additional observations and information contained in an untitled, unpublished manuscript are presented. From these materials 89 new species are documented as occurring in the West Kootenay. When added to the observations of John Macoun and party in 1890, and to those of William Spreadborough in 1902, the known West Kootenay bird fauna was 186 species as of 1932.
Key Words: J.E.H. Kelso, historic bird records, West Kootenay, British Columbia.
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