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Most birders today don’t have a clue who he was. They may have heard of the Ludlow Griscom Award, given by the American Birding Association annually to someone who has advanced regional birding. But who was the man? In short, he was the guy who popularized binocular birding. He wasn’t the first, but he did a lot to get the shotguns put back in the closet, and teach people how to identify birds using field marks instead of keying out morphology. He pioneered the use of scopes and was one of the first to lead organized birdwalks of people not just his immediate friends. He was active from 1910 to the 1950s. Trying to keep this short. For more, see below.