Happy birthday, Phoebe Snetsinger! Google Doodle is celebrating the renowned birder on what would have been her 85th birthday. So, who is Phoebe Snetsinger? Here’s everything you need to know!
The June 9 Google Doodle is something special. Google honors birder Phoebe Snetsinger in a cool animated Doodle. Phoebe would have been 85 on June 9. HollywoodLife.com has rounded up 5 key things to know about Phoebe!
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1. She started really getting into birding after being diagnosed with cancer in 1981.
She first began birding in the 1960s, but she didn’t start birding extensively until after her melanoma diagnosis in 1981. She was 50 years old at the time. Instead of going through treatment, Phoebe took a trip to Alaska to watch birds. When she returned, her cancer was in remission. Her cancer went into remission about 5 years at a time.
2. She’s known for having seen 8,393 different species of birds.
Phoebe was known for having seen at least 8,393 species of birds. At the time of her death, there were about 9,000 known species. That’s incredible!
3. She died in 1999 in a tragic car accident.
Phoebe died at the age of 68 in a car crash while in Madagascar. While documenting birds in the country, a van she was riding in overturned, according to Wikipedia. How awful! The last bird she documented was a red-shouldered vanga.
4. Her kids followed in her birding footsteps.
Phoebe had 4 kids. Three of her four children are bird researchers. They’re making their mom proud!
5. Her memoir, Birding on Borrowed Time, was published posthumously.
Her memoir was published in 2003, four years after her tragic death. Her book was published by the American Birding Association.
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