30 Birds

Afterword


The triumvirate I wish to thank first: Robert Chipley, Larry Master, and Bob Jenkins, first class ornithologists, ecologists, and conservationists, all three. Each appears in more than one account here, leading the way, but their overall influence in pointing the path for me to a series of many intellectually rewarding and completely enjoyable experiences cannot be overstated. For this I am deeply grateful and delighted we had such great times together.

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Others are: Bill Roe (Ramsay Canyon), Scott Mills (Mt Lemmon), Terry Johnson (San Pedro), Keith Carr (Wigeons), Ken Wright (Kites), Stephen Gerow (Sandpipers), Tom Grey (Thayer's), Mike Wald (Goldfinches) Dave Wilcove (Owls), Ben Brown (Gray Ranch), Brainard Palmer-Ball (Flycatchers), Bill deBuys (Salton Sea), Dick Luddington (Tallahassee), Walt Sedgwick ("dead duck on a plate"), Phil Hoose (Seney scrambled eggs), Shindelman (Owls), Elliot Kirschbaum (Swifts), James R. Duncan (Owls), Katherine McKeever (Owls), Bill Robertson (Tanagers), Ted of La Honda (Sandpipers), George Fenwick (birds), Craig Groves (Partridges) Phil Caidin (Parakeets), Philip Chiu (Sparrows), Roland and Cathy (Goldfinches), Brian Sullivan (Puffins), Don and Clarice Ford, Steve Morrison, Steve and Sharla Shettler (Hawks). (I apologize if my memory's failed me on anyone). Plus, many, many others met along the way, with whom I shared and enjoyed much, but whose names I never knew.

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Last note: as I hold no degree in ornithology, there may be avian errors above, but for these I hereby totally exonerate my friends who do hold such credentials. The text here was not reviewed by them, in my complicated rush to publication and to prepare the accompanying website. But I offer consolation to the reader. The website which will accompany this ebook, 30birds30.com, will include an email address and an appendage I call Random Footnotes, the purpose of which is not documentation but illumination. Feel free to point out things in need of correction or amplification, and I'll attempt to incorporate them in these footnotes which, because of their incremental and flexible nature, can be found only on the website.

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