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Subject:Death of Ken LaFond
From:Manley Olson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Manley Olson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:00:25 -0500

The Star-Tribune for today had an obit for Ken LaFond. While most of us 
are locality based birders, with most of our records from particular 
counties or regions, Ken was truly a Minnesota birder. He is one of only 
three birders to have recorded at least 200 species in each of the 87 
counties in Minnesota. Only Bob Janssen and the late Ray Glassel are in 
that exclusive club or as Bob put it, only three of us were crazy enough 
to do that kind of listing. When one thinks about the number of trips 
needed to accomplish this, it is mind boggling. Yet it is this kind of 
dedication to listing that helps give us the kind of information we now 
have on bird distribution in the state.

Joseph Hickey, in his classic book,A Guide To Bird Watching, writes that 
some regard birding as "a mild paralyis of the central nervous system 
which can be cured only by rising at dawn and sitting in a bog".  Based 
on on his amazing record of statewide listing, Ken had a serious case 
that was never cured. He will be missed by all of us who value not only 
tho observation of birds, but the documentation of those observations as 

Manley Olson

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