BUCR Field Observers and Researchers:

Barbara Anne Hart Stedman

 

In Memoriam

Barbara Anne Hart Stedman died suddenly and unexpectedly 20 March 2012 in Cookeville, Tennessee, her city of residence since 1987.  Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, 1 September 1936, Barb came to bird study while living in Gulf Breeze in the Florida panhandle during the early 1970s.  She participated in the Pensacola Christmas Bird Count 14 December 1974, the first of about 130 CBCs that she would take part in until her last CBC on 23 December 2011 (Table 1). Many of these counts were located at various sites in and near the Florida panhandle, including Cedar Key, St. Marks NWR, Apalachicola-St. Vincent Island NWR, Port St. Joe, Marianna, Bay County, and Choctawhatchee Bay, as well as Pensacola.  In Tennessee she regularly took part in CBCs conducted in the UCR and less regularly in other parts of the state. Besides her CBC efforts, Barb was also a dedicated participant in the North American Breeding Bird Survey.  She conducted a few BBSs in Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia, but her main focus of BBS effort was Florida, where she conducted 138 BBSs from the early 1990s to 2011, mainly in the panhandle.  Shortly after Barb's death, Keith Pardieck, director the the BBS, characterized her two-decade long contributions to the BBS effort in Florida as "spectacular." She was looking forward to conducting her usual eight BBSs in Florida and one in Kentucky when her untimely death took place. Besides counting birds at St. Vincent Island NWR during many CBCs and on many BBSs, she spent many additional days during many seasons on that island collecting point count data for the refuge.  It is to be hoped that the voluminous records she accumulated and archived in the refuge files will also be archived in some more accessible manner.

    A major contribution that Barb made during the period from 2003 to 2007 involved bird inventories in eight National Park Service units located in Alabama (Little River Canyon National Preserve [see photo of her surveying birds there 7 August 2003] and Russell Cave National Monument [see photo of her at that site 6 August 2003]), Georgia/Tennessee (Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Battlefield), Kentucky/Tennessee (Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area), and Tennessee (besides her beloved Obed Wild and Scenic River, these included Stones River National Battlefield [see photo of her surveying birds there 17 July 2003], Shiloh National Military Park, and Fort Donelson National Battlefield). The field work for all of these sites except the Big South Fork was conducted by Barb, who was on the road frequently during those years.

    Barb made almost daily entries in a bird log for her home on Lakeland Drive in Putnam County, Tennessee, for more than two decades (1989-2012); most of the entries are in the form of an alpha code for each of the species that she saw or heard during a particular day. Click on this link to see photo of her making notations 25 December 2002, and click on this link to see photo of the page where her notations were made that day; she is probably writing in the entry for Brown Creeper (BRCR) near the bottom of the page; this entry is in her handwriting as are the entries for Winter Wren (WIWR), Eastern Towhee (EATO), Carolina Wren (CARW), Red-bellied Woodpecker (RBWO), Downy Woodpecker (DOWO), House Finch (HOFI), and Canada Goose (CAGO), as well as the weather data at the top of the page; the other entries are in the handwriting of her husband, who shared the task of making entries about the birds found in the yard each day.

    She will be remembered for her green knee boots, worn winter and summer during field work, for her bright and cheerful smile, for her thoughtful consideration toward all, and for her unstinting dedication to the birdlife of Florida, Tennessee, and other states.

    A photograph of Barbara taken in the early 1980s may be viewed by clicking on her name (above).

 

Table 1. Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) on which Barbara Anne Hart [Johnson] Stedman was a Participant.

Date                  Location of CBC         Notes

14 December 1974     Pensacola, FL                         As Barbara Johnson

20 December 1975     Bay County, FL                       As Barbara Johnson with SJS

27 December 1975     Marianna, FL                           As Barbara Johnson with SJS

30 December 1975     St. Marks NWR, FL                 As Barbara Johnson with SJS

18 December 1976     Marianna, FL                           With SJS

19 December 1976     Choctawhatchee Bay, FL          With SJS

26 December 1976     Birmingham, AL                       With SJS

1 January 1977           Bay County, FL                       With SJS

17 December 1977     Choctawhatchee Bay, FL          With SJS

26 December 1977     Marianna, FL                           With SJS

16 December 1978     Marianna, FL                          With SJS

17 December 1978     Choctawhatchee Bay, FL         With SJS

23 December 1978     Ft. Morgan, AL                        With SJS

29 December 1978     Bay County, FL                       With SJS

21 December 1980     Columbia Estuary, OR/WA       With SJS, Dave Roe, and Sharon Roe

2 January 1981           Bay County, FL                       With SJS

19 December 1981     Marianna, FL                           With SJS

28 December 1981     Port St. Joe, FL                       Co-compiler w/ SJS; w/ Brian Johnson [son]

30 December 1981     Bay County, FL                       With SJS, Brian Johnson

1 January 1983           Hiwassee, TN                         With SJS

17 December 1983     Marianna, FL                           With SJS

28 December 1983     Port St. Joe, FL                       Co-compiler with SJS

16 December 1984     Noxubee, MS                           With SJS

29 December 1984     Hickory-Priest, TN                   With SJS, David Vogt

21 December 1985     Cross Creeks NWR, TN            With SJS

27 December 1985     Port St. Joe, FL                      

1 January 1986           Hiwassee, TN                         With SJS

5 January 1986           Noxubee, MS                          With SJS

27 December 1986     Bay County, FL                       With SJS

29 December 1986     Port St. Joe, FL                      Co-compiler with SJS

17 December 1987     Cookeville, TN                        

20 December 1987     Cross Creeks NWR, TN           With SJS

22 December 1987     Savannah, TN                         With SJS

29 December 1987     Port St. Joe, FL                                  

2 January 1988           Noxubee, MS                         With SJS

17 December 1988     Marianna, FL                          

28 December 1988     Port St. Joe, FL

31 December 1988     Bay County, FL                       With SJS

28 December 1989     Port St. Joe, FL

2 January 1990           Cookeville, TN

18 December 1990     Cookeville, TN

27 December 1990     Port St. Joe, FL

17 December 1991     Cookeville, TN

30 December 1991     Port St. Joe, FL

21 December 1992     Cookeville, TN

30 December 1992     Port St. Joe, FL

2 January 1993          Cedar Key, FL                         With SJS

21 December 1993     Cookeville, TN

29 December 1993     Port St. Joe, FL

21 December 1994     Cookeville, TN

28 December 1994     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

29 December 1994     Port St. Joe, FL

21 December 1995     Cookeville, TN

28 December 1995     Port St. Joe, FL

29 December 1995     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

20 December 1996     Cookeville, TN

27 December 1996     Port St. Joe, FL

28 December 1996     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

20 December 1997     Cookeville, TN

28 December 1997     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

19 December 1998     Cookeville, TN

28 December 1998     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

29 December 1998     Port St. Joe, FL

18 December 1999     Cookeville, TN

22 December 1999     Clay County, TN

28 December 1999     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

29 December 1999     Port St. Joe, FL

16 December 2000     Cookeville, TN

19 December 2000     Clay County, TN

28 December 2000     Port St. Joe, FL

29 December 2000     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

15 December 2001     Cookeville, TN

18 December 2001     Clay County, TN

27 December 2001     Port St. Joe, FL

28 December 2001     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

14 December 2002     Cookeville, TN

18 December 2002     Clay County, TN

29 December 2002     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

30 December 2002     Port St. Joe, FL

18 December 2003     Clay County, TN

20 December 2003     Cookeville, TN

28 December 2003     Port St. Joe, FL

29 December 2003     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

16 December 2004     Clay County, TN

18 December  2004    Cookeville, TN

21 December 2004     White County, TN

28 December 2004     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

29 December 2004     Port St. Joe, FL

14 December 2005     Clay County, TN

17 December 2005     Cookeville, TN

22 December 2005     White County, TN

28 December 2005     Port St. Joe, FL

29 December 2005     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

14 December 2006     Clay County, TN

16 December 2006     Cookeville, TN

21 December 2006     White County, TN

23 December 2006     Crossville, TN

27 December 2006     Port St. Joe, FL

28 December 2006     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

15 December 2007     Cookeville, TN

18 December 2007     Clay County, TN

20 December 2007     White County, TN

22 December 2007     Crossville, TN

28 December 2007     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

29 December 2007     Port St. Joe, FL

15 December 2008     Clay County, TN

17 December 2008     Crossville, TN

20 December 2008     Cookeville, TN

22 December 2008     White County, TN

27 December 2008     Port St. Joe, FL

28 December 2008     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

16 December 2009     Clay County, TN

19 December 2009     Cookeville, TN

21 December 2009     White County, TN

23 December 2009     Crossville, TN

27 December 2009     Port St. Joe, FL

28 December 2009     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

18 December 2010     Cookeville, TN

20 December 2010     DeKalb County, TN

23 December 2010     Crossville, TN

27 December 2010     Apalachicola/SVI, FL

28 December 2010     Port St. Joe, FL

14 December 2011     Russell-Adair, KY

15 December 2011     Clay County, TN

17 December 2011     Cookeville, TN

19 December 2011     White County, TN

21 December 2011     Crossville, TN

23 December 2011     DeKalb, TN

 

Some Bird-Related Publications by Barbara H. Stedman

Anderson, B., R. Tankersly, L. Perry, K. Miles, B. Enderle, S. Carr, J. York, B. Stedman, C. Nicholson, J. Taulman, G. Crichton, B. Swafford, C. Hunter, and B. Ford.  2000.  Draft Northern Cumberland Plateau Bird Conservation Plan.  Version 1.0. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington, Virginia. 57 pp.

Mitchell, L.  J., and B. H. Stedman. 1993. Mature Maple-Beech Forest. Journal of Field Ornithology 64: 57−58.

Stedman, B. H. 1983. Unusual Interaction between Two Buteos. Florida Field Naturalist 11:55.

Stedman, B. H. 1997. Ruby-throated Hummingbird. In The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Tennessee. C. P. Nicholson, ed. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Stedman, B. H. 1997. Winter Wren. In The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Tennessee. C. P. Nicholson, ed. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Stedman, B. H., and S. J. Stedman. 1981. Notes on the Raptor Migration at Chilhowee Mountain. Migrant 52 (2): 38−40.

Stedman, S. J., A. R. Hoff, and B. H. Stedman. 1985. Red-shouldered Hawk Migration at Chilhowee Mountain, Tennessee: A Clarification. Migrant 56 (4): 98−100.

Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 1986. Preventing window-strikes by birds. Migrant 57 (1): 18.

Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 1990. Mature Deciduous-coniferous Forest with Stream. Journal of Field Ornithology 62 (Supplement): 17−18 [Winter Bird Population Study].

Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 1991. Mature Deciduous-coniferous Forest with Stream. Journal of Field Ornithology 63 (Supplement): 18−19 [WBPS], 86 [Breeding Bird Census].

Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 1992. Mature Deciduous-coniferous Forest with Stream. Journal of Field Ornithology 64 (Supplement): 18-19 [WBPS], 81−82 [BBC].

Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 1994. Mature Deciduous-coniferous Forest with Stream. Journal of Field Ornithology 65 (Supplement): 23 [WBPS], 95 [BBC].

Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 1996. A Survey of Winter Birds in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.  Kentucky Warbler 72 (1): 25−32.

Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 2002. Notes on the Birds of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed National Wild and Scenic River.  Privately printed, Cookeville, Tennessee, 146 + viii pp.

Watson, J. K., S. J. Stedman, B. H. Stedman, and OWSR Resource Management Staff. 2003. Draft Avian Conservation Implementation Plan for Obed Wild and Scenic River. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 2005. Final Report of the Bird Inventory: Stones River National Battlefield, 20032005. Web-published report for the National Park Service.


Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 2006. Final Report of the Bird Inventory: Russell Cave National Monument, 20032005. Web-published report for the National Park Service.


Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 2006. Final Report of the Bird Inventory: Little River Canyon National Preserve, 20032005. Web-published report for the National Park Service.


Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 2006. Final Report of the Bird Inventory: Fort Donelson National Battlefield, 20032005. Web-published report for the National Park Service.


Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 2006. Final Report of the Bird Inventory: Shiloh National Military Park, 20032005. Web-published report for the National Park Service.


Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 2007. Final Report of the Bird Inventory: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, 20032005. Web-published report for the National Park Service.


Stedman, S. J., and B. H. Stedman. 2007. Final Report of the Bird Inventory: Obed Wild and Scenic River, 20032005. Web-published report for the National Park Service.


Stedman, S. J., K. A. Calhoon, and B. H. Stedman. 2007. Final Report of the Bird Inventory: Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Military Park, 20042006. Web-published report for the National Park Service.
 

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