MEADOWS, Don Charles

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Donald C. Meadows (third from left) Long Beach, CA
Pier 1, Berth 50, July 21, 1939

MEADOWS, Don Charles (1897-1994), book-collector, teacher, historian, and naturalist who took a great interest in California's Channel Islands. As an avocational lepidopterist and teacher of biology at Long Beach High School, he conceived the idea of doing a biological survey of Santa Catalina Island in the early 1930s. He and his wife, Frances, moved to Avalon where they built a house, and where their son, Donald, was born. During their seven years at Avalon, Meadows published several papers on the biology and history of the island. From 1939 through 1941 he was field supervisor for the Los Angeles County Museum Channel Islands Biological Survey. Anacapa Island in the 1950s. His notes and papers are located at University of California Irvine; the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Channel Islands Archives.

Meadows visited the California Channel Islands:

  • Anacapa Island (1940)
  • San Clemente Island (1939)
  • San Miguel Island (1939)
  • San Nicolas Island (1939)
  • Santa Barbara Island (1939)
  • Santa Catalina Island ( )
  • Santa Cruz Island (1939)
  • Santa Rosa Island (1939)

» Meadows, Don Bird Notes from Santa Catalina Island in Condor 30:4 (250-251) July-August 1928

» Meadows, Don Notes on the avifauna of Santa Catalina Island in Condor 31:3 (129-130) May-June 1929

» Meadows, Don Bird Notes from Santa Catalina Island in Condor 32:4 (211-212) July-August 1930

» Meadows, Don Additional Notes from Santa Catalina Island in Condor 36:1 (40) January-February 1934

» Meadows, Don An Annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Santa Catalina Island, California
in Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 37:133-136

» Meadows, Don A Gathering of Tributes to Don Meadows A Keepsake offered by the Friends of the Library, University of California, Irvine, 1982.

Island Collections~

Santa Catalina Island

10/1/1929 LACM entomology

5/27/1932 LACM entomology

5/3/1933 LACM entomology

4/9/1933 LACM entomology

Santa Catalina Island D. C. Meadows CAS October 17, 1927 CAS-63078 Lampropeltis getulus californiae Herps
Santa Catalina Island D. C. Meadows MVZ October 17, 1927 MVZ-63079 Uta stansburiana Herps
Santa Catalina Island D. C. Meadows MVZ October 17, 1927 MVZ-63080 Thamnophis hammondii Herps
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Santa Catalina Island D. C. Meadows MVZ April 10 17, 1938 WFVZ-105505 Vermivora celata Eggs
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Santa Catalina Island D. C. Meadows MVZ December 9, 1932 MVZ-54549 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island D. C. Meadows MVZ December 9, 1932 MVZ-54550 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals

San Clemente Island

4/4/1939 LACM entomology

In the News~

June 4, 1925 [LAT]: “An ancient Indian graveyard, antedating the California Mission Period, has been discovered near Purisima Mission in the Santa Ynez Valley above here, according to Don Meadows and Ray Gruwell of Orange, research workers who have just returned from exploring the antiquated burying grounds…”

July 5, 1925 [LAT/SB]: “An ancient Indian graveyard believed to antedate the California Mission Period, was discovered recently near Purisima Mission by Don Meadows and Ray Gruwell, Orange California research workers… According to Meadows, they dug through three different layers of graves, each from three to four feet in depth…”

July 22, 1939 [SBNP]: “Scientists sail for San Nicolas. The story of Juana María, the Indian woman who lived alone on San Nicolas Island for 18 years, is recalled with word that an expedition sailed from San Pedro yesterday for the Santa Barbara Channel to seek the home of the ‘female Robinson Crusoe of the Pacific.’ The story of Juana María is one of the most curious in all the history of this region. When the Indians were removed from the island to the mainland following an epidemic in 1835, Juana María was left behind. The story has it that she left the boat to find her baby and the boat sailed without her. The baby died, but Juana María lived there alone for 18 years, catching fish and birds for her food. She was taken off the island by the late Captain Nidever of Santa Barbara, a sea otter hunter and trapper, who brought her to his Santa Barbara home, but she died soon after. The expedition is led by Arthur Woodward, director of history and anthropology at the Los Angeles museum, and includes Captain C. H. Groat, Don Meadows, Jack Von Bloeker, M. B. Dunkle, Lloyd Martin, George Kanakoff, Russell Spring and Jewel Lewis.”