1847 - 1906
Joseph Batty was born in Springfield Massachusetts in 1847. He worked for many years as a taxidermist on various U.S. expeditions including the United States Geological Survey of 1873 in Colorado under Dr. F.V. Hayden, and in Montana under Elliott Coues as part of the Northern Boundary Survey in 1874.
Batty was a taxidermist in New York City and wrote popular books on hunting and taxidermy. He is said to have traveled extensively throughout Central and South American hunting plumes before returning to regular active collecting in 1898, mainly in Columbia, Mexico and Panama (then still part of Colombia) in 1901.
In 1902, he was commissioned to begin a collecting expedition in the American Southwest and Mexico and then later charged to also collect in Central America for the American Museum of Natural History. (6) Batty was heading south to continue collecting across Guatemala and the Cauca region of southwestern Colombia when he died in the field at Pijijiapa, Chiapas, Mexico. AR 1906, pg.117
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