Born in May 1870 at Toronto, Atkinson came to Manitoba in 1883, eventually settling at Portage la Prairie, where he operated a taxidermist shop, and a member of the Canadian Order ofForesters and Elk’s Lodge.
On 24 June 1913, while taking his annual boat tripto observe birds along the Assiniboine River from Brandon to Portage la Prairie, Atkinson is believed to have suffered an epileptic seizure, fallen overboard and drowned. His body was never recovered.
His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
The Game Birds of Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 51, 1898
Manitoba Birds of Prey, and the Small Mammals Destroyed by Them
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 53, 1899
Insectivorous Birds of Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 60, 1903
Rare Bird Records of Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 65, 1904
A Review-History of the Passenger Pigeon of Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 68, 1905
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
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