It was in wandering around the woods and shores of the St. Lawrence as a child with the neighbour, a keen birder, and fishing in the trout streams, that James MacPherson Le Moine first developed an intense relationship with the plants and animals around him, especially the birds, and a desire to understand their lives.

With his first book on birds, he aimed to popularize ornithology throughout Quebec, and he was the first to do so. Le Moine’s literary output was immense. He went on to write 40 more books and about 400 articles, in both French and English. He borrowed money from the Society to publish some of them. As well as writing about birds, he published on hunting, fishing, history, botany, French-Canadian folklore, the origins of place names, on French-Canadian customs―and swear-words―and on anything and everything else that interested him. In 1897 he was knighted by Queen Victoria for his literary contributions to Canada.


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