Date: 3/7/17 5:12 pm
From: Brian Kushner <bkushner2...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Remembering Howard B. Eskin & Celebration of Life Scheduled
Oh no we lost Howard? Wonderful man.

> On Mar 7, 2017, at 7:43 PM, August Mirabella <am4birds1...> wrote:
> All,
> I wrote the following for our local BucksCoBirders Yahoo! Group but wanted
> to share with the NJ listserv as well.
> First, I have provided links to Howard's obituary, which is well worth
> reading if you want to know more about Howard. There are two links to see
> the whole obituary. It includes the following info: A Celebration of Life
> is scheduled on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1 P.M. at Bowman's Hill Wildflower
> Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope PA, with a reception immediately
> following.
> You can see the obituary online at
> continued at
> You can find pictures and comments on Facebook by searching for Howard B.
> Eskin.
> Here is a link to his photos if you want to revisit some of his work last
> year. I would like to provide links to his earlier best photos but can't
> find a link:
> As you all know, Howard was a ubiquitous contributor to this group and the
> tri-state birding Listservs. In early 2005, Howard reported a Sandhill
> Crane in Harleysville, PA, and he was referred to me. We spoke on the
> phone, and we hit it off immediately. I checked out the bird, which turned
> out to be a Great Blue Heron. I invited him to the bird walk at Peace
> Valley Nature Center. As he often said, his first appearance there was an
> auspicious day. It was the day that Jessica Huff and I found the Redwing.
> Unfortunately, he had left when we found it, but he became a regular on the
> walks. He allowed me to include his photos in my weekly posts, which
> started as a regular e-mail to fellow birders to support the Peace Valley
> Nature Center as a birding hotspot. As it grew, he helped me choose a
> better forum that became the BucksCoBirders Yahoo! Group of now over 450
> members, and he has been my backup for managing the group. His example led
> to others sharing their incredible bird photography with the group.
> Judy and I introduced him to many birding hotspots on many an outing
> locally and throughout the tri-state area. He was a dynamo intellectually
> and physically. Gradually we couldn't keep up! He learned bird
> identification at incredible speed and studied them in all respects. He
> presented programs of his photos, and donated them to many nature
> organizations, usually wihout any compensation. His photos were sometimes
> used for fund raisers.This was all when he was already in his 70s. His
> obituary lists some of his other interests and hobbies before bird
> photography that were equally examples of his expertise in all he did.
> Howard became a close friend and confidant to me, and as many posted to his
> online memorial page and Facebook, was always available to advise, help,
> and contribute when needed. This advice covered everything when life's
> bumps along the road appeared. Although, I tried to do the same for him, I
> was no match for his limitless knowledge and wisdom.
> I will remember not only his friendship, his intellect, his energy, his bad
> jokes, but also his extreme generosity, and caring nature. He was a man
> that was devoted to his family, cared about his employees when the current
> corporate culture did otherwise, and was a mentor to many. One standout in
> my memory was a time we were down in Cape May taking a walk at Higbee Beach
> Hidden Valley area. Grown conjoined brothers were walking with a caretaker
> or family member. We exchanged greetings and moved on, and Howard became
> emotional with tears in his eyes over the plight of these two young men. He
> cared.
> When his fate was inevitable over the last year, he faced it bravely. He
> knew he had a very rewarding life, lasted far beyond his genetic heritage
> would have dictated thanks to modern medical advances, and only wished he
> could live longer to care for his wife and family. He joked that a bright
> spot would be not having to endure longer the current political climate of
> the US.
> That was Howard and the above just scratches the surface of who he was and
> the good things I will remember.
> August Mirabella
> North Wales, PA
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