Pettengill, Olin (1907 - 2001)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Olin Sewall Pettingill was born in Belgrade, ME, attended Bowdoin College, the University of Michigan and Cornell University. He taught at Carleton College, University of Michigan Biological Station and was Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He was an eminent ornithologist and cinematographer know for his film work with Walt Disney on the Academy Award-winning The Vanishing Prairie as well as several films of his own including works on the albatross, and the penguins of the Falklands. He Received the Ludlow Griscom Award in 1982, Cornell's Arthur A. Allen Medal in 1974, the Eisenmann Medal in 1985 and held three honorary doctorates in science.

Selected Bibliography

  • A Laboratory and Field Manual of Ornithology (1946)
  • A Guide to Bird Finding West of the Mississippi (1953)
  • Enjoying Maine Birds: An Aid to Finding, Studying, and Attracting Birds in Maine (1960)


  • Nature's Half Acre (1951)
  • Water Birds (1952)
  • The Vanishing Prairie (1954)
  • Islands of the Sea