For many years Charlene was my "go-to" person when I needed help with identifying a bird vocalization that had me perplexed. She was always ready to be helpful. She will be missed.
St. Louis, MO
From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum <MOBIRDS-L...> on behalf of Allen Gathman <agathman...>
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2022 12:57 PM
To: <MOBIRDS-L...> <MOBIRDS-L...>
Subject: Re: Charlene Malone
I wonder if someone would like to write an "In Memoriam" for Charlene to be included in the upcoming issue of The Bluebird? It sounds like she was important to a lot of birders in the state.
Editor, The Bluebird
On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 9:08 PM Hazelwood, Susan <HazelwoodS...><mailto:<HazelwoodS...>> wrote:
Connie, thanks for sharing this news ... sad though it is.
I disagreed with Charlene twice on bird ID's. Never again was I so foolish! She generously shared what I had missed on both ID's and when I checked reference books later I found that she was correct. I learned that it was no surprise that was the case. Charlene's knowledge base (and Jim's too) of birds, their behavior and habitats was endless. If we had not lived 125 miles apart and I hadn't had a demanding job I would have wanted to have birded with her often. Back in the day of my chasing rare birds we often ended up in the same locations at the same time and would at least get in a quick chat. I've missed that over the last several years.
Jim, and others luck enough to call Charlene a friend, you have my sympathy. Charlene's passing is a loss that reaches far beyond what she would have expected. Sad news indeed.
From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum <MOBIRDS-L...><mailto:<MOBIRDS-L...>> On Behalf Of Cornelius Alwood
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:48 AM
To: <MOBIRDS-L...><mailto:<MOBIRDS-L...> Subject: Charlene Malone
Jim Malone informed me that his wife, Charlene Malone died last night. "She went peacefully," Jim said. But that's not how Charlene lived. She was a force of nature in the St. Louis birding community. For two decades Charlene birded the area from Busch CA to the west to Carlyle Lake to the east from Two Rivers NWR to the north to Baldwin Lake to the south, Charlene was there and often in several places in a day's time.
Few birders could match her keen eye, nor her knowledge of bird song. And in those two decades no one found more "Hot-Line" birds than Charlene did. I remember a day in early April, 2000, when she called in a Black Scoter at Riverlands and within a couple of hours, she called again to report a Ruff on Collinsville Road in nearby Illinois.
Physical infirmities finally caught up with Charlene. She has been inactive for a few years, but there was a time......
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