William Beebe (1877 – 1962) is remembered in our day for exploring the oceans of the world however, as a younger man his study of birds brought him to a war-weary Paris. Four devastating years of war had altered the city and made a profound impression on the young naturalist.
His astute and very moving observations were recorded in the attached essay, A Naturalist in Paris.
This link displays the first six pages; the remaining seven pages are available upon request.
Click here to read about the day when the Nazis took Paris.