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Phoebe Snetsinger - Bird-Watcher

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Phoebe Snetsinger was an American birder famous for having seen over 8,398 species by the time of her death, at the time more than anyone else in history. As the daughter of advertising magnate Leo Burnett, she inherited a small fortune which she used to fund numerous trips in pursuit of her hobby.
Inspired to begin birding after seeing a Blackburnian warbler in 1965, Phoebe did not follow the hobby ardently until a doctor diagnosed her with terminal melanoma in 1981. Instead of convalescence at home, she took a trip to Alaska to watch birds, and returned home to find the cancer in remission. From then on, she would travel to often remote areas, sometimes under dangerous environmental and political conditions, in order to add to her growing life list. As an amateur ornithologist, she took copious field notes, especially regarding distinctive subspecies, many of which have since been reclassified as full species. (02:21)
 
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