GREEN, Josiah Elton “Tony”

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GREEN, Josiah Elton “Tony” (1908-1986), naturalist and ornithologist who accompanied Charles C. Lamb to San Miguel Island September 16-October 5, 1927. Unpublished field notes of this trip are on file at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Berkeley. Green and Lamb traveled to San Miguel Island with Charles Hanson aboard his fishing vessel. They stayed at the ranch house, and J. Elton Green noted helping “Mr. Roy fix water pipes.” He also noted “wild tame” cats on the island. Green served as taxidermist at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

In May 1938 Tony Green, Lee Arnold and Lewis Walker visited Santa Catalina Island where they collected an immature bald eagle. Tony Green collected on:

  • Anacapa Island (1938) with D. R. Dickey
  • San Clemente Island (1931)
  • San Miguel Island (1927) (1938) Pdficon small 2.gif
  • San Nicolas Island (1938)
  • Santa Barbara Island (1938)
  • Santa Catalina Island (1938)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1938)

In a 1977-1978 oral history of Margaret Wood Bancroft regarding the history of the Bancroft family, she states:

“We put J. Elton Green through college, working on our egg collection. He would go to summer school and take off the whole spring. Griff [Griffing Bancroft] got him into college because he was short of credit. He was a Berkeley boy and Dr. Grinnell recommended him to us because, with Griff’s deafness, I always liked to have someone in the house. He lived with us, on and off, for ten years. He was just like a third son…”

Green died at age 78 on December 22, 1986 and is buried in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego. He had served as Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve.


Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island J. E. Green SDNHM May 6, 1938 SDNHM-17932 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus Birds
Anacapa Island J. E. Green SDNHM May 6, 1938 SDNHM-17933 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus Birds
Anacapa Island J. E. Green SDNHM May 6, 1938 SDNHM-17934 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus Birds



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-160982 Thyromanes bewickii leucophyrys Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-160983 Thyromanes bewickii leucophyrys Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green (?) UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-165715 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green (?) UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-165716 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-166723 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-166724 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-166725 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-166726 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-166727 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-170011 Amphispiza belli clementae clementae Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-195487 Thyromanes bewickii leucophrys' Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green UMMZ February 22, 1931 UMMZ-195488 Thyromanes bewickii leucophrys' Birds
San Clemente Island J. E. Green SDNHM March 15, 1931 SDNHM-4285 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island J. E. Green SDNHM March 15, 1931 SDNHM-4286 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island J. E. Green SDNHM March 15, 1931 SDNHM-4287 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island J. E. Green SDNHM March 15, 1931 SDNHM-4288 Uta stansburiana Herps


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 18, 1927 MVZ-51450 Puffinus griseus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 18, 1927 MVZ-51451 Puffinus griseus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 18, 1927 MVZ-173392 Puffinus griseus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 20, 1927 MVZ-38361 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 20, 1927 MVZ-38362 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-38363 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-38364 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-38365 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-51478 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-51498 Corvus corax sinuatus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-51562 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-38351 Urocyon littoralis littoralis Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-51454 Calidris minutilla Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-51455 Calidris alba Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-51456 Calidris alba Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-51458 Heteroscelus incanus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-51460 Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-51579 Calidris alba Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-51580 Calidris alba Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 22, 1927 MVZ-51583 Arenaria melanocephala Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 23, 1927 MVZ-38353 Urocyon littoralis littoralis Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 23, 1927 MVZ-38354 Urocyon littoralis littoralis Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 24, 1927 MVZ-38355 Urocyon littoralis littoralis Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 24, 1927 MVZ-38356 Urocyon littoralis littoralis Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 24, 1927 MVZ-38357 Urocyon littoralis littoralis Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green UCLA September 24, 1927 UCLA-16692 Urocyon littoralis littoralis Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 25, 1927 MVZ-51470 Sayornis saya saya Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 26, 1927 MVZ-51464 Arenaria melanocephala Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 26, 1927 MVZ-51584 Arenaria melanocephala Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51581 Heteroscelus incanus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-38359 Urocyon littoralis littoralis Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51542 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51543 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51512 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51568 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51569 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51570 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51588 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51589 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51592 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51594 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51446 Larus californicus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51513 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51544 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51545 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51546 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51547 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51573 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51587 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51590 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51591 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 28, 1927 MVZ-51593 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-38380 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-38381 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-38382 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-38383 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-38384 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-38385 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-51586 Haematopus bachmani Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-38396 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-51484 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-51548 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 29, 1927 MVZ-51548 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 30, 1927 MVZ-51472 Sayornis saya saya obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 30, 1927 MVZ-51527 Passerculus sandwichensis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 30, 1927 MVZ-51533 Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 30, 1927 MVZ-51550 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ September 30, 1927 MVZ-51574 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green UMMZ September 30, 1927 UMMZ-92317 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 1, 1927 MVZ-51517 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 1, 1927 MVZ-51516 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 1, 1927 MVZ-51517 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 1, 1927 MVZ-51522 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 1, 1927 MVZ-51554 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green UMMZ October 1, 1927 UMMZ-73508 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 2, 1927 MVZ-51453 Ardea herodias hyperonca Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 3, 1927 MVZ-51521 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 3, 1927 MVZ-51523 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 3, 1927 MVZ-51555 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 3, 1927 MVZ-51558 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 3, 1927 MVZ-51577 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 4, 1927 MVZ-51495 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 4, 1927 MVZ-51496 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 4, 1927 MVZ-51497 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 4, 1927 MVZ-51524 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 4, 1927 MVZ-51525 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 4, 1927 MVZ-51556 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green MVZ October 4, 1927 MVZ-51559 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
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San Miguel Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17231 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17232 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17233 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17906 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17907 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17910 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17911 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17902 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17903 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17904 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17905 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17915 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17916 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17917 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
San Miguel Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17235 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17236 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17906 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17907 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17910 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17911 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17923 Phalacrocorax pelagicus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17914 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17912 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17913 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17914 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 30, 1938 SDNHM-17922 Haematopus bachmani Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 30, 1938 SDNHM-17924 Phalacrocorax pelagicus Birds
San Miguel Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 30, 1938 SDNHM-17234 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 30, 1938 SDNHM-17918 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 30, 1938 SDNHM-17919 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 30, 1938 SDNHM-17920 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM April 30, 1938 SDNHM-17921 Cepphus columba Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green SDNHM May 1, 1938 SDNHM-17925 Eremophila alpestris Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green SDNHM May 1, 1938 SDNHM-17928 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island J. E. Green SDNHM May 1, 1938 SDNHM-17929 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM May 1, 1938 SDNHM-17928 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM May 1, 1938 SDNHM-17929 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM May 1, 1938 SDNHM-17925 Eremophila alpestris Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM May 1, 1938 SDNHM-17926 Eremophila alpestris Birds
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) J. E. Green SDNHM May 1, 1938 SDNHM-17927 Haemorhous mexicanux Birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 19, 1938 SDNHM-17879 Oceanodrama homochroa Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 19, 1938 SDNHM-17880 Arenaria melanocephala Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 19, 1938 SDNHM-17881 Arenaria melanocephala Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 19, 1938 SDNHM-17882 Calidris alba Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 19, 1938 SDNHM-17883 Calidris alba Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 19, 1938 SDNHM-17884 Calidris alba Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 20, 1938 SDNHM-17885 Eremophila alpestris Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 20, 1938 SDNHM-17886 Eremophila alpestris Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 20, 1938 SDNHM-17887 Eremophila alpestris Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17890 Vireo cassinii Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17888 Haemorhous mexicanus Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17889 Haemorhous mexicanus Birds
San Nicolas Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17212 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Nicolas Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17213 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Nicolas Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17214 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Nicolas Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17215 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 22, 1938 SDNHM-17891 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 22, 1938 SDNHM-17892 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 22, 1938 SDNHM-17893 Salpinctes obsoletus Birds
San Nicolas Island J. E. Green SDNHM April 22, 1938 SDNHM-17894 Eremophila alpestris Birds



Santa Catalina Island

5/1938 SBNHM photo

ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Catalina Island J. E. Green SDNHM May 11, 1938 SDNHM-17176 Crotalus oreganus Herps


Santa Cruz Island

5/23/1938


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDMNH May 5, 1938 SDMNH-17209 Pseudacris regilla Mammals
Santa Cruz Island Walker, Lewis & Green SDMNH May 5, 1938 SDMNH-17210 Pseudacris regilla Mammals




In the News~

May 8, 1938 [SanDU]: “Channel Islands expedition finds rare specimens… Three members of the scientific party who returned here yesterday from an exploration trip in the Channel Islands: Lee Arnold, Lewis Walker with an immature bald eagle from Catalina Island, and J. Elton Green. The party reported heavy winds and seas on most of the trip…”


December 29, 1938 [SanDU]: “Museum taxidermist knows his stuffing. Plaster mold new wrinkle in fish mounting… Fish, from the taxidermists point of view, have been subject to eye trouble. Glass eyes made commercially look like glass eyes, and Green, believing that even the light that lies in a fish’s eyes should be preserved, decided to do something about it…”