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Gerry Rising posted a condolence
Sunday, November 5, 2017The loss of Bob Andrle represents a serious blow to the ornithological community. I only joined Bob on a few field trips (one was to check small mammal traps), but I had the great pleasure of working with him on two important projects: IBA proposals for the Niagara River Corridor and Times Beach. I’ve spent 50 years as a university academic and never in all that time met a more serious and meticulous researcher. I offer my condolences to Bob’s family. I too will miss that friendly smile.
Wayne Gall posted a condolence
Friday, November 3, 2017Bob will always be remembered among the WNY naturalist community for his untiring efforts and unwavering advocacy that led to the preservation of Tifft Nature Preserve and Times Beach Nature Sanctuary. Bob served on the Tifft Committee of the Board of Managers of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences before and after I served as the Buffalo Museum of Science's (BMS) first Administrator of Tifft Nature Preserve (1983-1987). While we did not serve contemporaneously on the curatorial staff of the BMS (I was appointed Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology in 1989 after Bob's 1984 retirement), I was keenly aware of Bob's service to the BMS as longtime Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, and as Associate Director (under Virginia Cummings, I believe). Bob's contributions to the Buffalo Ornithological Society are legion, including serving many, many years as Statistician with Fran Rew. His impact in the ornithological community extended way beyond WNY with his research on the horned guan and whistling warbler, and his editing of The Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State (1988) with Janet Carroll which resulted from the first Breeding Bird Atlas Project in New York, conducted from 1980-1985. As the late Bill Vaughan, popular ornithology instructor of adult education classes at the BMS 1970's-1980's, commented to me several times, Bob was a 'cracker-jack birder.' Bob once told me that he was interested in identifying anything that flew, and that interest extended from aircraft to birds and later to butterflies and dragonflies. Bob and I even co-authored a note in the journal, Great Lakes Entomologist, in 1994 based on his capture of a marine blue, a small lycaenid butterfly with a southern distribution that had strayed north into WNY. I also fondly remember Bob participating in several bog walks that I led for the BMS in the mid-1980's/early-1990's, as we had a mutual interest in wild places and natural areas. Rest in peace, Bob!
Kathy Summerville posted a condolence
Thursday, November 2, 2017Chris, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you and your family. With sincere sympathy, Kathy
Richard P. Leonard posted a condolence
Thursday, November 2, 2017Bob worked with me in the 1980's as an expert advisor to the Buffalo District,COE on animal and bird studies and inventories at Times Beach. His work provided crucial impetus to the establishment of Times Beach as a permanent wildlife preserve. His knowledge of avian species and relevant flyways was so impressive! I always considered him as a close personal friend.He will be greatly missed and honored as an environmental and ornithological giant Richard P. Leonard Environmental scientist