Park to Present Theodore Roosevelt and America’s Birds

A National Park Service Centennial Event

MEDORA, ND: Duane G. Jundt, lecturer in history at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, will present a special lecture, “Birdwatcher in Chief”: Theodore Roosevelt and America’s Birds, in Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Saturday, July 23.

Jundt will explore the crucial role birds and birding played in the life of and American president. The lecture will begin at 8:30 p.m. MDT in the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater in the park’s South Unit.

Theodore Roosevelt is well known as the “Conservation President” and his hunting exploits were legendary. Less well known is Roosevelt was an avid birder and a champion of preserving America’s threatened bird species and habitats. Roosevelt was no latecomer to birding; he enjoyed observing and cataloging birds as a boy and never lost his interest in them. As president, he acted decisively on behalf of America’s birds by establishing the country’s first bird refuges.

For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park and other Centennial activities, please visit the park’s website at

Contact:    Eileen Andes,, 701-623-4466

Amy McCann,, 701-623-4466

This release was originally sent out by the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Service.

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