HUEY, Laurence Markham

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Laurence Markham Huey, left.

HUEY, Laurence Markham (1892-1963), California-born ornithologist and curator for the Department of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Museum of Natural History for 38 years, from 1923-1961. Despite the lack of an education beyond the eighth grade, Huey was noted as an energetic collector and photographer, with a life-long interest in natural history. In his early years, he was most influenced by his mentors and friends, Donald Dickey and A. B. Howell. Huey met Dickey on a trip to the Coronados islands, after which he spent ten years working in the field with Dickey. His first trip to Baja California was with Griffing Bancroft Sr. in 1923.

From April to August 1923, Jose Maria Gallegos, representative of Mexico's federal Department of Agriculture, and also of its Office of Biological Studies; Laurence Huey and Carroll Scott, both with the San Diego Natural History Museum; and Ralph Hoffmann, of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, travelled through the Coronados Islands, regions of the Colorado River Delta inside Mexico, Laguna Hanson and Guadalupe Island. [Curry, Helen et al. Worlds of Natural History (2018)].

On December 13, 1925 Huey collected a pair of Gambel quail “from a flock of about 75 birds on the south end of on San Clemente Island.” Upon further investigations, Huey found the quail had been introduced to that island by Charles T. Howland in about 1912, according to correspondence from Howland dated January 29, 1926. Huey published a note about the quail in Condor.


Directory of Members, Cooper Ornithological Club, May 1914:

  • L. M. Huey. 32nd St. and Clay Ave., San Diego, CA 1910.


In the summer of 1926 Huey and Smithsonian biologist, Alfred B. Howell. spent two weeks studying whales at the commercial whaling station in Trinidad, California. In all, Huey wrote over 200 scientific papers and named many new forms of birds and mammals from California, Arizona, Utah, and Mexico. His writings include many papers on Mexico’s Guadalupe Island. Shortly before his death, Huey finished his book, The Mammals of Baja California, published by the San Diego Museum of Natural History in 1964.

Huey died at age 70 in San Diego a year after he retired.


Huey collected on:

CALIFORNIA CHANNEL ISLANDS


BAJA CALIFORNIA ISLANDS

ISLA CORONADOS FIELD NOTES (1924)
ISLA CORONADOS FIELD NOTES (1926)
ISLA GUADALUPE FIELD NOTES (1923)
ISLA GUADALUPE FIELD NOTES (1926)
ISLA NATIVIDAD FIELD NOTES (1927)
ISLA SAN MARTIN FIELD NOTES (1926)



Palmer, T. S. Nomenclature of California Birds in Condor 30(5):267-268 September-October 1928:

HUEY, Laurence Markham. “Born in the Tia Juana Valley, San Diego County, California, September 6, 1892. An active ornithologist, now curator of birds in the San Diego Museum of Natural History, who has devoted his attention especially to the fauna of southern California and the adjacent region of Lower California. He has done considerable field work in this area and has described a number of new subspecies of birds and mammals. In recognition of his activities, Donald R. Dickey has recently named in his honor a southern form of the Poor-will, Phalaenoptilus nuttalli hueyi.”


Coronado Islands Field Notes

L. M. Huey legacy

Digging Their Graves With Their Teeth, by Laurence M. Huey.pdf Pdficon small 2.gif




SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey LSUMZ March 23, 1915 LSUMZ-9985 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-362 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-363 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-364 Amphispiza belli clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-365 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-366 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-367 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-368 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-369 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-370 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-371 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-372 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-373 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-374 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 23, 1915 UCLA-375 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ March 23, 1915 WFVZ-9716 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey SDNHM March 24, 1915 SDNHM-33117 Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-377 Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-378 Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-379 Zonotrichia atricapilla Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-380 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-381 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-382 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-383 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-384 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-385 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-386 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 26, 1915 UCLA-387 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ March 26, 1915 WFVZ-9910 Eremophila alpestris Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ March 26, 1915 WFVZ-64530 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 27, 1915 UCLA-388 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 27, 1915 UCLA-389 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 28, 1915 UCLA-390 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 28, 1915 UCLA-391 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 28, 1915 UCLA-392 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ March 28, 1915 WFVZ-64524 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey LSUMZ March 29, 1915 LSUMZ-9988 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 29, 1915 UCLA-396 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 29, 1915 UCLA-397 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 29, 1915 UCLA-398 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 29, 1915 UCLA-399 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 29, 1915 UCLA-400 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 29, 1915 UCLA-401 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 29, 1915 UCLA-402 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 29, 1915 UCLA-403 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ March 30, 1915 WFVZ-64533 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey LSUMZ March 31, 1915 LSUMZ-9987 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 31, 1915 UCLA-404 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 31, 1915 UCLA-405 Sturnella neglecta neglecta Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 31, 1915 UCLA-406 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA March 31, 1915 UCLA-407 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey LSUMZ April 1, 1915 LSUMZ-9986 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 1, 1915 UCLA-408 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey LSUMZ April 3, 1915 LSUMZ-9983 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 3, 1915 UCLA-410 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 3, 1915 UCLA-411 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 4, 1915 UCLA-412 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 4, 1915 UCLA-413 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey LSUMZ April 5, 1915 LSUMZ-9984 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 5, 1915 UCLA-414 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 5, 1915 UCLA-415 Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 5, 1915 UCLA-416 Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 5, 1915 UCLA-417 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 5, 1915 UCLA-418 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 5, 1915 UCLA-419 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 5, 1915 UCLA-420 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ April 5, 1915 WFVZ-64525 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ April 6, 1915 WFVZ-64637 Zonotrichia melodia Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ April 6, 1915 WFVZ-64981 Lanius ludovicianus Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 7, 1915 UCLA-421 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 7, 1915 UCLA-422 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 7, 1915 UCLA-423 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 7, 1915 UCLA-424 Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 7, 1915 UCLA-425 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 9, 1915 UCLA-427 Empidonax hammondii Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 10, 1915 UCLA-428 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 10, 1915 UCLA-429 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey WFVZ April 10, 1915 WFVZ-93663 Lanius ludovicianus Eggs
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 11, 1915 UCLA-430 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island L. M. Huey UCLA April 11, 1915 UCLA-431 Thryomanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
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San Clemente Island L. M. Huey SD December 12, 1925 SD-211347 Heteromeles arbutifolia var. macrocarpa Plants


SANTA CATALINA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Catalina Island J. W. Sefton & L. M. Huey SDNHM September 23, 1940 SDNHM-14195 Spermophilus beecheyi Mammals
Santa Catalina Island J. W. Sefton & L. M. Huey SDNHM September 23, 1940 SDNHM-14196 Spermophilus beecheyi Mammals


ISLAS CORONADOS
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey UCLA July 4, 1915 UCLA-487 Larus occidentalis wymani Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey SDNHM July 4, 1915 SDNHM-31317 Larus occidentalis wymani Birds
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Islas Coronados L. M. Huey & May Canfield WFVZ May 21, 1917 WFVZ-63495 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey & May Canfield WFVZ May 21, 1917 WFVZ-63496 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey & May Canfield WFVZ May 21, 1917 WFVZ-63497 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey & May Canfield WFVZ May 21, 1917 WFVZ-63498 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey & May Canfield WFVZ May 21, 1917 WFVZ-63499 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey & May Canfield WFVZ May 21, 1917 WFVZ-63500 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey WFVZ May 22, 1917 WFVZ-1834 Larus occidentalis Birds
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Islas Coronados L. M. Huey UCLA May 17, 1926 UCLA-39456 Larus occidentalis Birds
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Islas Coronados L. M. Huey SDNHM June 10, 1926 SDNHM-10802 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey SDNHM June 10, 1926 SDNHM-10805 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey SDNHM June 10, 1926 SDNHM-10806 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey SDNHM June 10, 1926 SDNHM-10807 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey SDNHM June 10, 1926 SDNHM-10808 Larus occidentalis Birds
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey WFVZ May 7, 1929 WFVZ-21154 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey WFVZ May 7, 1929 WFVZ-39456 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey WFVZ May 7, 1929 WFVZ-39457 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey WFVZ May 7, 1929 WFVZ-21154 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey WFVZ May 7, 1929 WFVZ-90226 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados L. M. Huey WFVZ May 7, 1929 WFVZ-90227 Larus occidentalis Eggs


ISLA GUADALUPE
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
ISLA GUADALUPE L. M. Huey & L. H. Cook SDNHM August 10, 1931 SDNHM-14945 Aeronautes saxtalis saxitalis Birds



In the News~

April 29, 1925 [Calexico Chronicle]: “On trip through Baja California. San Diego, April 29.—Starting on a scientific collecting expedition into the northern district of Lower California, two representatives of the Natural History museum, Balboa Park, left San Diego Monday morning in two automobile trucks piled high with equipment and supplies to last them 2-1/2 months in the field. They were Laurence M. Huey, curator of birds and mammals on the museum staff, and his aunt and co-worker, Mrs. May Canfield, both of whom have long experience as collectors of natural history specimens. The expedition planned to make its first camp at Santo Domingo, 200 miles south of Tijuana, after which El Rosario, Sierra San Pedro Martir and San Telmo will be visited. A pack train will be required to convey the collectors and their outfit into the San Pedro Martir mountains, but the rest of the trip can be made by automobile. The object of the expedition is to make general faunal survey of the region. Stops at each camp will be long enough to make thorough record of the birds and mammals. Although the northern district of Lower California has been visited by other scientific collectors in the past, their travels have usually been rapid and it is believed that much of scientific importance still remains to be discovered. The present expedition plans to return in the beginning of July after which the results of its findings will be published and the museum's collection, it hoped, enlarged by many new specimens and exhibits. The expedition is made possible by courtesy of the Mexican government, which has issued from the department of agricultura y fomento a special permit for the museum's collectors. Huey is a brother of Malcolm Huey of Calexico.”