Just last week we were reminded by the
Alliance for Iowa State
, that this month marks the 85th anniversary of the U.S. Geological Survey Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Iowa State University, established by J.N. "Ding" Darling in 1932. (Since then, 43 cooperative units have been established at land-grant universities in 40 states.)
In addition to his work with the wildlife cooperative, Jay Norwood Darling (1876 - 1962) was
the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1942 and 1943 while at the Des Moines Register,
appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to the blue ribbon Committee on Wildlife Restoration in 1934, followed by the head of the U.S. Biological Survey, and was
instrumental in founding the National Wildlife Federation in 1936.
University Museums celebrates Darling not only for his contributions to the world of wildlife, but due to his expression through etchings creating in the 1930s and 1940s.
To read excerpts from the University Museums publication
The Prints of J.N. Darling
, click here.