This collection contains
correspondence, photographs, informational documents, and other materials pertaining to
Edmund C. Jaeger who was a desert ecologist, referred to by some as "The Father of Modern
Desert Ecology". Included is correspondence pertaining to desert ecology, photographs of
animal species and desert palavers, reports on ecological findings and more. The
professional and personal materials within the collection aim to exhibit a lifetime's worth
of research and accomplishments.
Edmund Jaeger was born in Loup Nebraska in 1887 to Katherine and John Philip Jaeger. Edmund
Jaeger graduated high school by the age of fifteen and later graduated from Occidental
College in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating Jaeger went on to get his teaching credentials,
he taught at elementary and high schools before moving to Riverside in 1906 and teaching at
Riverside Community College for. He taught for over thirty years before retiring. Jaeger
took on many careers during his life, he was a teacher, 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. Jaeger 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 where he became a respectable
community member and scholarly figure.
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