[Tweeters] Bob Sundstrom, Gone Birding
paul.bannick at gmail.com
Mon May 17 17:46:16 PDT 2021
What a huge loss! Bob was a kind, assuming but brilliant man. Bob also
showed me my first wild Pygmy-Owl. Several years later he impressed me
when I showed him a photo of a Washington Pygmy-Owl and he was able to tell
me from what region of Washington it hailed based upon the color.
There is so much more to remember and share but I am sure others will chime
in. I for one am glad I met him.
On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 11:04 AM Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone at gmail.com>
> Hello, Tweeters,
> Sad news here about Bob Sundstrom from his wife, Sally Alhadeff.
> Take care, Everyone,
> Ellen Blackstone
> Bob Sundstrom passed away on May 16, 2021, after a recurrence of leukemia.
> He died comfortably and in good spirits at his home in the country along
> Scatter Creek in south Thurston County, in the company of his wife, Sally
> Alhadeff and their three cats. He was 69.
> Birds were a great love for Bob, as well as his career. He earned a living
> as a full-time professional birder: leading tours to many parts of the
> world for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, conducting van trips from Mercer
> Island, teaching, and writing for radio. For thirty years Bob taught Birding
> by Ear for Seattle Audubon Society, helping many to know and appreciate
> the voices of birds.
> His writer’s voice will continue to be heard through nearly 900 BirdNote radio
> stories he authored as Lead Writer. He continued writing into his final
> days, including a final story on May 14. He thanks founder Chris Peterson
> and Executive Director Sallie Bodie for the opportunity to be part of the
> BirdNote team. He was overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed for his career
> work in his last months.
> Bob liked to say that birds were his day job, but not his obsession. When
> not birding or writing, Bob loved books, music, bicycling, and single malt
> Scotch. He and Sally took great pleasure in gardening and tending the
> natural habitats on their rural acres. He became a great admirer of
> classic literature and poetry. He earned his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology
> at the University of Washington.
> Bob is survived by his wife, Sally Alhadeff, brother Bill Sundstrom, and
> nephews Ethan and Erin Sundstrom. His loving parents, Mary and Bill, are
> deceased. He thanks many friends and colleagues, the Olympia Unitarian
> Universalist congregation, and Sally’s family for their loving support.
> Sally and Bob had 28 wonderful years together. They loved watching the
> swallows glide and the ravens soar above their camas-covered meadow along
> Scatter Creek.
> If you’d like to leave a remembrance in Bob’s name, please consider a
> donation to BirdNote (birdnote.org).
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