Arlene was a lifelong resident of the central NJ area, originally hailing from the Norseville neighborhood of Griggstown and more recently living in Kingston. She traveled widely on birding trips, to the point that my friends and I jokingly referred to one birder we kept running into as "the guy Arlene doesn't know" (because she seemed to know everyone else). She volunteered for NJ Audubon and the D&R Canal State Park, and always loved to share her knowledge of and love for nature with others. It wasn't just birds, either; she enjoyed all kinds of critters and plants (including lichen).
Arlene was part of my circle of birding friends. I saw her most regularly for the Princeton and Somerset CBCs, when we were usually on the same team (especially in recent years). Sometimes, if circumstances and other commitments aligned, a bunch of us would chase a bird together. Those were always great times. Arlene was just plain fun to hang out with, as many people other than me can attest. Her birding world was an important part of her life, but only a part of it.
I am very, very grateful to have known Arlene. She never let life's setbacks ruin her enjoyment of life's good things.
Best regards and good birding,
Jennifer W. Hanson Plainsboro, New Jersey USA ammodramus88 AT gmail.com