Originally the the Ornamental Pheasant Society of America
The Ornamental Pheasant Society of America was organized January 8, 1936. C. L. Sibley, a breeder of show poultry, pheasants, and waterfowl, called for a meeting at 4 p. m. at the 14th St. Armory in New York City. It was to be held in conjunction with the New York Poultry Show in session at the time. Anyone interested in pheasants was invited to attend and approximately twenty people did. The annual dues were $2.00. The name “Ornamental Pheasant Society of America” was selected. A constitution was adopted at a follow-up meeting held January 15, 1936. Officers elected at that meeting were: President – Philip Plant, a collector of specimens for the American Museum of Natural History and the owner of a fine collection of birds in Connecticut. Vice-President – Frank Buck, who wrote Bring ’em Back Alive, Buck.· He was a noted wild animal collector who owned· a wildlife and bird zoo in Amityville, NY. C. L. Sibley, a fine aviculturist who was responsible for holding the organization together in its formative stages, was elected secretary-treasurer. The first Executive Committee was formed, consisting of G. Fred Yessler, C. F. Denley, John B. Robinson, and Mrs. E. Wikoff Smith. Others present at this meeting included A. H. Chambers, R. C. Haberkern, J. A. Gardy, John P. Gregory, William J. Mackensen, and M. N. Gist.
The charter membership was kept open until April of that year. The new society had 63 charter members. The secretary was directed to publish a monthly up-to-date report of the Society’s affairs together with news of the members, technical advice for beginners and other information of interest to the members in· Modern Game Breeding Magazine and the Game Breeder and Sportsman publications.· The office of the secretary also served as a “Service Bureau”. Questions about management, feeding, diseases, sources for obtaining birds, ect. came in from the members and each question was either answered by Mr. Sibley, or it was referred to a member who had the most particular knowledge in that particular field.· The first yearbook, published in Modern Game Breeding Magazine, contained articles by Dr. William Beebe, of The Monograph of Pheasants fame, Lee S. Crondall, Curator of Birds, N. Y. Zoo, W. Leland Smith, foremost aviculturist and pheasant importer of the time, Frank Buck, and other noted breeders of the time.· The Yearbook also contained a list of the charter members and new members· and a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws.
In 1969, the name of the American Pheasant Society was changed to the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society. The Society become a non-profit corporation and a committee was appointed to rewrite the constitution and by-laws.
These two men, Lawrence N. Taylor (left), who served as President, and C. L. Sibley (right) who served as Secretary, guided the American Pheasant Society through the early years and kept the society going during the difficult times of World War II.
Lawrence N. Taylor edited many of the Yearbooks. C. L. Sibley wrote a column for many years entitled, “Information Please!” where someone posed a question which he answered in great detail.