Credited as the first scientist to carefully study native vertebrate animals on the Queen Charlotte Islands, Wilfred H. Osgood spent five weeks there during the summer of 1900 as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Division of Biological Survey. He returned to study natural history in Cook's Inlet, Alaska the following summer. His report on both areas was published as Natural History of the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C. Natural History of the Cook Inlet Region, Alaska (Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1901; Seattle: Shorey Book Store, 1972).

[BCBW 2004] "Natural History" "QCI"