Date: 10/24/19 2:06 pm From: <phawk254...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sad News Regarding Steve Olson from the Hawk Watch at Wachusett Mtn.
Steve Olson of Holden, MA, who became the site coordinator for the Wachusett Mountain Hawk Watch in 2006 and went on to serve as President of the Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch, passed away on Tuesday, October 24 following a long illness. Steve welcomed beginning hawk watchers and general visitors to the Wachusett summit while he was conducting hawk counts, establishing a sense of community and friendship with people from many states and countries. He taught them a bit about the incredible migration and birds they might witness on the mountain and invited them back to see it better next time. Many came back, to see Steve and the hawks, creating an extended family of hawk watchers. He, and soon his colleague Rod Chase, greatly expanded the hours of coverage each season at Wachusett to enable it to better serve as a barometer for raptor migration and raptor population trends in the northeast. The year 2013 was particularly special when Steve, Rod and others counted more than 35,000 Broad-winged Hawks over Wachusett for the season, including 14,471 on Sept. 15 and 12, 272 on Sept 18. Steve will be missed.... and long remembered. His wife Kathy and the Olson family are planning a memorial service for this Saturday. His obituary and details can be seen at the funeral home web site:http://www.milesfuneralhome.com .