[Tweeters] Dr. Bob Norton passed away

B Boekelheide bboek at olympus.net
Thu Nov 30 07:54:08 PST 2017

With a sad heart, we pass along that Dr. Bob Norton, one of the greats of Clallam County birding, died yesterday, Nov 29. Bob and his wife Jo moved here from Arizona, where he was a public health surgeon specializing in reconstruction of birth defects and injuries, such as cleft palates and other deformities. They settled near their daughter Sharon’s family in “the frost pocket of Joyce,” as Bob called his home area. For years he fastidiously kept bird records for Clallam County, back when BirdBase was the hot new computer program. As recordkeeper, he faithfully submitted detailed seasonal reports of county bird sightings for ABA and American Birds. Lugging around his big Questar spotting scope, he led many birding trips for Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society and countless other groups, touching many lives sharing birds with others. With Sir Walter Raleigh pipe smoke curling around his head, he loved to pursue “good birds,” as he called any birds out of the ordinary that might appear on his lists. Starting birding as a young man, and living several places in the U.S., he participated in countless Christmas counts, breeding bird surveys, migratory bird counts, field trips, rare bird chases, and anything else that would get him outside birding. With a twinkle in his eye and deep curiosity about the birds he observed, he was the consummate birder, a role model for the rest of us.

Bob Boekelheide

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