DAWSON, William Oberlin

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DAWSON, William Oberlin (1899-1959), Washington-born son of ornithologist William Leon Dawson who spent three weeks on Santa Cruz Island with his ornithologist father. They camped at Prisoners’ Harbor April 3-22, 1915. In 1919, the young Dawson was hired by his father to collect eggs on Santa Cruz Island for five weeks with Robert Canterbury. He again spent the “early season of 1924 on Santa Cruz Island in pursuit of the elusive raven and the wily jay.”

Dawson died at age 59 in Los Angeles, California on August 28, 1959.

  • 1990. Dawson, William Oberlin Diary Kept while on Santa Cruz Island, 1919 (Pp. 140-177) in Daily, Marla (ed.), A Step Back In Time: Unpublished Channel Islands Diaries. Santa Cruz Island Foundation Occasional Paper Number 4, Santa Barbara, California, 1990.