University of New England - Innovation for a Healthier Planet

Jean Preis papers, 1993-2016

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Collection Scope and Content

The collection includes 7 bound volumes of Preis’s “Bird Watch” column for the Bridgton News (including an index). It also includes one copy of a 2008 Bird Watcher’s Digest with an article by Preis, and another 1987 copy of Bird Watcher’s Digest with an aricle by Dorothy Sanborn.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jean Preis read Dorothy Sanborn’s “Bird Seed” column in the Bridgton News for a year before Preis moved to Maine. Preis ended up moving just down the road from Dorothy and her husband Andy, and they struck up a friendship. When Sanborn retired from writing her column, Preis wrote a letter to the editor lamenting the absence of the “Bird Seed” column, and the Bridgton News suggested Preis take over the column. She has written more than 500 “Bird Watch” columns for the Bridgton News. Preis and her husband own and operate a summer cottage rental business on Highland Lake.