STREATOR, Clark Perkins

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Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA

STREATOR, Clark Perkins (1866-1952), Ohio-born life-long ornithologist, naturalist and taxidermist who visited San Miguel Island aboard the Ocean King in June of 1886 after receiving permission from the island’s owner, W. H. Mills. Streator described both Flea Island [Castle Rock] and its adjacent Gull Island. He also visited San Nicolas Island in October 1886.

Streator was an active member in the Santa Barbara Society of Natural History, and was described in 1890 as “our young fellow member” who has made many extensive ornithological collections in Jamaica, and other West India Islands, and in British Columbia. During the spring and summer of 1892, under the auspices of the Biological Survey of the Department of Agriculture, Streator visited and collected on several islands. His field notes from these trips, and many of his collections are in the United States National Museum.

In 1899 Streator was persuaded by his friend, Walter E. Bryant, to work at the California Academy of Sciences, which he did until C. Hart Merriam gave Streator a job in the Division of Birds and Mammals at the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The October 1931 Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Leaflet reported “a visit from Mr. C. P. Streator of Santa Cruz, who collected and mounted birds in Santa Barbara in 1885 and 1886.”

Streator married Ida Jane Lehman (1872-1923) of Ashcroft, British Columbia in 1896, and they had sons:

  • George Jason Streator
  • Nelson Lehman Streator (1899-1970) [SS#548-46-9897]
  • Albert Charles Streator (1901-1960) [SS#552-14-7019]
  • Victor M. Streator (1904-1938)

Ida Streator was killed in 1923 in an accident near San Luis Obispo, California. Clark Streator died in Santa Cruz, California on November 28, 1952 at the age of 84. He is buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.


Streator collected on:

  • San Miguel Island (1886, 1892)
  • San Nicolas Island (1886)
  • Santa Catalina Island (1892)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1892)
  • Santa Rosa Island (1892)
  • Isla Guadalupe (1892)


» Streator, C. P. The Water Birds of San Miguel Island Santa Barbara Society of Natural History 1:1(21-23), 1887

» Streator, C. P. Notes on the Birds of the Santa Barbara Islands Ornithologists and Oologists 13:52-53, 1888

» Streator, C. P. Birds. Santa Rosa Island California July 1 to 3, 1892. Unpublished field notes. 1892. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Record Unit 7176, USFWS, 1860-1961, Field Reports, Box 42, folder 1;

» Streator, C. P. Birds. Santa Cruz Island California July 9 to 20 1892. Unpublished field notes. 1892. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Record Unit 7176, USFWS, 1860-1961, Field Reports, Box 42, folder 1. [CAS portrait/WFVZ]



Island Collections~

San Miguel Island

6/24,26,27/1892 NMNH herps

ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 23, 1892 USNM-139943 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 23, 1892 USNM-139944 Sturnella neglecta Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34627 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34628 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34629 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34630 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34631 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34632 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34633 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34634 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34635 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-34845 Urocyon littoralis littoralis streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-139398 Sturnella neglecta Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-139945 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 24, 1892 USNM-139946 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34636 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34637 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34638 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34639 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34640 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34641 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34642 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34643 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34644 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-34846 Urocyon littoralis littoralis streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 25, 1892 USNM-139947 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-34645 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-34646 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-34647 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-34648 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-34649 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-34650 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-34651 Peromyscus maniculatus streatori Mammals
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-139948 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-139949 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 26, 1892 USNM-139950 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 27, 1892 USNM-139399 Sturnella neglecta Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 27, 1892 USNM-139951 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 27, 1892 USNM-139952 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 28, 1892 USNM-139953 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 28, 1892 USNM-139954 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island C. P. Streator NMNH June 28, 1892 USNM-136809 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds


Santa Catalina Island

4/10,11,14/1892 NMNH herps

ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH nd USNM-33224 Urocyon littoralis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 11, 1892 USNM-33211 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 11, 1892 USNM-33213 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 11, 1892 USNM-33214 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 11, 1892 USNM-33384 Vermivora celata sordida Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 12, 1892 USNM-33215 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 12, 1892 USNM-33216 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 12, 1892 USNM-33218 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 12, 1892 USNM-33384 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 13, 1892 USNM-33220 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 13, 1892 USNM-33221 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 13, 1892 USNM-33385 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 13, 1892 USNM-33386 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 13, 1892 USNM-33387 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 13, 1892 USNM-33388 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 13, 1892 USNM-33389 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 13, 1892 USNM-33390 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 14, 1892 USNM-33379 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 14, 1892 USNM-33391 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator USNM April 14, 1892 USNM-33223 Urocyon littoralis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 14, 1892 USNM-33391 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 14, 1892 USNM-33392 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 14, 1892 USNM-33393 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 15, 1892 USNM-33394 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 15, 1892 USNM-33395 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 15, 1892 USNM-33396 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 15, 1892 USNM-33397 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 15, 1892 USNM-33398 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 15, 1892 USNM-33399 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 15, 1892 USNM-33400 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 16, 1892 USNM-33401 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 16, 1892 USNM-33402 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 16, 1892 USNM-33403 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 16, 1892 USNM-33404 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 16, 1892 USNM-33405 Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 18, 1892 USNM-34680 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 18, 1892 USNM-34682 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 19, 1892 USNM-136702 Thryomanes bewickii catalinae Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 19, 1892 USNM-140911 Callipepla californica catalinensis Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 20, 1892 USNM-34683 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 21, 1892 USNM-33509 Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 21, 1892 USNM-33510 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 21, 1892 USNM-33511 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 22, 1892 USNM-140324 Selasphorus sasin sedentarius Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 22, 1892 USNM-140325 Selasphorus sasin sedentarius Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 22, 1892 USNM-33512 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 22, 1892 USNM-33513 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 23, 1892 USNM-33514 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 25, 1892 USNM-33515 Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae Mammals
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 25, 1892 USNM-136703 Thryomanes bewickii catalinae Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 25, 1892 USNM-136714 Thryomanes bewickii catalinae Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 25, 1892 USNM-141641 Thryomanes bewickii catalinae Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 26, 1892 USNM-136963 Mimus polyglottos leucopterus Birds
Santa Catalina Island C. P. Streator NMNH April 26, 1892 USNM-139471 Corvus corax sinuatus Birds


Santa Cruz Island

7/9,14,15,16,18/1892 NMNH birds

7/10/1892 NMNH herps

7/12/1892 NMNH mammals (foxes)


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 9, 1892 USNM-139607 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 9, 1892 USNM-139608 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 9, 1892 USNM-139609 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 9, 1892 USNM-139610 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 9, 1892 USNM-139611 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 11, 1892 USNM-34852 Urocyon littoralis santacruzaea Mammals
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 11, 1892 USNM-34853 Urocyon littoralis santacruzaea Mammals
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 11, 1892 USNM-136707 Thryomanes bewickii nesophilus Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 11, 1892 USNM-136708 Thryomanes bewickii nesophilus Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 12, 1892 USNM-34854 Urocyon littoralis santacruzaea Mammals
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 12, 1892 USNM-136711 Thryomanes bewickii nesophilus Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 13, 1892 USNM-34855 Spilogale gracilis amphiala Mammals
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 13, 1892 USNM-140079 Empidonax difficilis insulicola Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 14, 1892 USNM-142136 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 14, 1892 USNM-139612 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 14, 1892 USNM-139613 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 14, 1892 USNM-139614 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 15, 1892 USNM-139615 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 16, 1892 USNM-139616 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 16, 1892 USNM-139617 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 16, 1892 USNM-140080 Empidonax difficilis insulicola Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 18, 1892 USNM-142137 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 18, 1892 USNM-139618 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 18, 1892 USNM-139619 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 18, 1892 USNM-139620 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 18, 1892 USNM-139621 Aphelocoma insularis Birds


Santa Rosa Island

7/2/1892 NMNH herps


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-34847 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-34848 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-34849 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-34850 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-137893 Lanius ludovicianus anthonyi Birds
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 3, 1892 USNM-34851 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 3, 1892 USNM-139955 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds



In the News~

1886 Santa Barbara Directory: “Taxidermists. Streator, Clark. State Street near Morris House.”


March 15, 1886 [SBDP]: “Clark Streator, taxidermist, Fred Forbush and Captain Lord left in the Rosita this morning for a relic hunting expedition to the islands.”


June 5, 1886 [SBDI]: “Mr. Streator answered some questions about birds and gave some interesting items respecting a rare bird whose eggs had only recently been collected.”


June 22, 1886 [SBDI]: “Clark Streator goes to San Miguel Island Saturday [aboard Ocean King] to be gone a month. During his stay he will devote his time to collecting curios as well as rare birds and marine animals. The island is said to be alive with foxes and they roam with perfect security, sure of being unmolested.”


June 25, 1886 [SBDP]: “Clark Streator, the taxidermist, leaves tomorrow for a month’s hunt on San Miguel Island.”


July 24, 1886 [SBDI]: “Clark Streator has returned from San Miguel Island with an abundance of souvenirs for the winter’s trade.”


July 24, 1886 [SBDI]: “Sloop Ocean King made the round trip to San Miguel Island including stoppage of two hours at the above place [to pick up Clark Streator], in 36 hours, which we consider good time.”


July 27, 1886 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis, not long since, picked up at sea a curious looking marine animal, resembling a snail in form, and in size it is about as large as a half-gallon measure. No one as yet who has seen the animal has been able to name it, strange as it may seem. During Mr. Burtis’ thirteen years at sea he has never before seen anything like it. At present it is in the hands of Clark Streator, but we understand it is to be donated to the Natural History Society.”


August 2, 1886 [SBDI]: “The water birds of San Miguel Island by Clark P. Streator. Situated about sixty miles west of Santa Barbara is the island of San Miguel which lies farthest west of the Santa Barbara group. The island is owned by Mr. W. H. Mills of San Francisco, and through the kindness of the gentleman I was permitted to go there to make a collection of birds that frequent the locality. We left Santa Barbara on the Ocean King and after a fair wind we reached the island in about twenty-four hours…”


October 16, 1886 [SBDI]: “Sloop Ocean King arrived this morning, two days out from San Nicolas Island with 60 sacks of wool for Mr. Elliott. Clark Streator, who came over on the boat, says the adverse winds delayed them several hours.”


October 18, 1886 [SBDI]: “From a gentleman who has lately returned from a visit to San Nicolas Island, we learn that there are eagles that inhabit this isolated territory, something strange, from the fact that they were never before known (going as far back as the migration of the untutored savages) to exist there. They are unusually wild and build their eyries among the cliffs in secluded places. It is said of Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands however, that the eagle is common, and destructive to lambs at certain seasons.”


November 9, 1886 [SBDI]: “Natural History Society… Clark Streator, our young naturalist, entertained us with an account of his recent exploring trip on San Miguel Island, the President expressing a desire to have it for publication. Mr. Streator said he would present it in proper form for next month.”


March 16, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “Clark P. Streator, of the United States Bureau of Agriculture of Washington, D.C., is in the city.”


May 2, 1892 [SBDI]: “Clark P. Streator, Assistant Ornithologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is in town. He will be here off and on for the next six weeks as he is under orders to ‘work up’ the Channel Islands birds.”


June 3, 1892 [SBDI]: “Clark Streator, the naturalist, arrived in town last evening on the train and is registered at the Commercial Hotel. Mr. Streator has just returned from working up Guadalupe Island, Mexico. He found specimens of the sea elephant, a marine mammal about double the size of the seal, and supposed to be extinct. Mr. Streator will now spend some time in working up the birds of Santa Barbara Islands.”


June 11, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “Parties to the islands for a few days recreation are becoming quite a thing. On Saturday another party of eight went over to where Mr. Ray and his friends are. These were Mr. Wallace Baily and his wife, Mr. Penfield and wife, Miss Winnie Humphrey, Miss Mable Hutchinson, E. J. Portens and Clark Streator, the bird and bug man. They went over in Captain Burtis’ boat, the Lottie.”


July 1, 1892 [SBMP]: “The Liberty arrived from San Miguel Island Wednesday night, bringing Captain Waters, W. I. Cummings, special government inspector, and Clark Streator, the ornithologist. Mr. Streator found about twenty specimens of a rare species of the mouse family, and several other specimens. He will leave shortly for Santa Rosa Island.”


July 1, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, sailed for the islands yesterday afternoon. Clark P. Streator, Assistant Ornithologist United States Department of Agriculture, was a passenger. He was going over there to secure some specimens and information. The sloop Liberty came in from San Miguel Island yesterday evening bringing as passengers Captain Waters, Clark P. Streator and W. T. Cummings, special Chinese inspector.”


July 7, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “Clark Streator, an employee of the government, has returned from Santa Rosa Island.”


July 11, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “Parties to the islands for a few days recreation are becoming quite a thing. On Saturday another party of eight went over to where Mr. Ray and his friends are. These were Mr. Wallace Baily and his wife, Mr. Penfield and wife, Miss Winnie Humphrey, Miss Mabel Hutchinson, E. J. Portens and Clark Streator, the bird and bug man. They went over in Captain Burtis’ boat, the Lottie.”


1900: “During the spring and summer of 1892, Mr. Clark P. Streator, under the auspices of the Biological Survey of the Department of Agriculture, made a small collection of birds upon the Santa Barbara Islands, California. Of these specimens, which are now in the United States National Museum as part of the Biological Survey collection, the writer [Harry C. Oberholser] has been able, through the kindness of Dr. C. Hart Merriam, to prepare the subjoined list. The new forms obtained by Mr. Streator have already been described... The islands visited by Mr. Streator, with inclusive dates of his collecting, are as follows: Santa Catalina Island April 9 to 29; San Miguel Island June 24 to 29; Santa Rosa Island July 1 to 3; Santa Cruz Island July 9 to 20.” [Proceedings U.S. National Museum, Vol. XXII No. 1196, p. 229.]


April 9, 1023 [SLO Daily Telegram]: “Mrs. C. P. Streator of Santa Cruz, injured in an auto accident Friday, died today at San Luis Obispo sanitarium of the injuries. Mrs. Streator was riding in a truck driven by her husband, which turned over near the top of the Cuesta grade. The Streators were on a camping trip when the accident happened. The body will be shipped to Oakland for cremation. R. F. Richardson is in charge of the funeral.”


December 10, 1943 [Santa Cruz Sentinel]: “A Santa Cruzan whose knowledge of birds and mammals has won him international recognition continues his work as a way of 'staying young' although he is in his 78th year. He is Clark P. Streator, and despite his age he is actively engaged in collecting skins of birds and mammals for the University of California. His collections at the present time include 165 mammal skins, and of his collection of 1075 bird skins, 435 are already in the hands of the university. The skins not already sent to the university are at his home here at 299 Otis Street [Santa Cruz, CA]. Streator has no idea how many thousands of miles he has traveled on the North American continent and in the West Indies in his work as a naturalist, but he believes the combined mileage would encircle the globe several times. He has visited every state in the union and has been in Alaska, Canada and Mexico on various expeditions. He served in the U.S. Biological Survey for almost six years as field agent, assistant ornithologist and field naturalist before settling down in Santa Cruz many years ago. He is officially credited with discovery of 66 types of mammals not then known to science, and six of these have been named for him. Coming to California as a lad of 17, in 1883 to join his brother in Santa Barbara, Streator saved $100 and opened a taxidermy shop there. In 1888 he went to the West Indies as a naturalist on an expedition for Charles Corey, wealthy Boston ornithologist, but Streator's work there was terminated when he almost lost his life from a tropical disease. In 1889 he went to British Columbia for the American Museum of New York, collecting about a thousand bird specimens and 114 mammals. The following year he spent seven months at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. He joined the U.S. Biological Survey in 1890, and went to Idaho on a field expedition under Vernon Bailey, chief field collector. Streator recalls that he is now the only one left alive of the members of that expedition. He was a personal friend of the late Dr. C. Hart Merriam, famous former chief of the biological survey, and through him, in 1890, Streator had lunch with Theodore Roosevelt, who was then head of the U.S. Civil Service commission. In Washington, Streator saw the inauguration of President Harrison, and four years later of President Harrison, and four years later of President Cleveland. He recalls working in Washington in those years in association with some of the best known scientists of the day. One of his most interesting and fruitful expeditions was in 1891, down the entire length of the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass, Oregon , to Laredo, Texas and thence into Monterrey and Mexico City. In the spring of 1892 Streator made an expedition into the Cascades in the state of Washington, traversing the glacier country and down Skagat River in a canoe with Indian guides to Lake Cushman. In later years he headed an expedition to the Guadaloupe islands in the West Indies [Guadalupe Island, Mexico] to investigate fur seals and secure specimens of sea elephants. Streator says that in recent years the sea elephants have come back to the Santa Barbara islands in the Pacific and now are seen occasionally off the California coast. These gigantic mammals weigh several tons, and Streator says the 'old man of the sea' that has been seen in Monterey Bay probably was a sea elephant. Streator was married in 1896 in British Columbia. He gave up his travels because of health reasons, and settled in Santa Cruz where he was engaged in the transfer business for forty years. During all this time, however, he kept up interest in his work as a naturalist. He retired from the transfer business in 1937, but for the past seven years has collected specimens for the University of California. One room in his home is devoted to boxes of specimens and shelves of books and pamphlets dealing with his favorite topic. The specimens must be kept from the light, he explains, for if the plumage of a bird fades, it is of no value to science. He is a member of numerous national societies and organizations devoted to natural history, and is a charter member of some of them. As a tribute to his work he has received, gratis, all publications of the Smithsonian Institute during the past five years. Streator is a walking encyclopedia of the birds and animals of the Santa Cruz area, and has gone on observation hikes and showed his collection numerous times to groups of interested students.”