This collection contains correspondence, photographs, documents, and other materials pertaining to the desert ecologist Edmund
C. Jaeger. Included is correspondence regarding Jaeger's research in the desert, photographs of plant and animal species and
desert palavers, reports on ecological findings, and more.
Edmund Jaeger was born in Loup, Nebraska in 1887 to Katherine and John Philip Jaeger. Edmund finished high school by the age
of fifteen and later graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. After his schooling, Jaeger went on to get his
teaching credentials and he taught at elementary and high schools. He moved to Riverside, CA in 1906 and taught at Riverside
Community College, where he worked for over thirty years before retiring. Jaeger took on many careers during his life: he
was a teacher, a mentor, a philanthropist, an ecologist, a botanist, and a naturalist.
Jaeger was well known for his work outside of the classroom. He conducted a lifetime of ecological research and can be credited
with the discovery of hibernation in bird species through his observations of the Desert Poorwill. He was well respected and
was invited to the White House on more than one occasion. In his spare time, Jaeger hosted annual palavers and was a member
of various nature and wildlife conservation committees. Jaeger spent the majority of his life in Riverside, CA where he became
a respected member of the community.
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