Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



The Nebraska Bird Review Vol. 89 No. 2, pp. 94-96


Published by the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union, Inc.


On May 28, 2021 the world lost one of its most dogged advocates, and we lost an amazing teacher, naturalist, and friend. Paul has told you in his own words in the previous pages where he was from, where he was educated, about the immense number of scholarly articles and books he published, and about his beautiful art that brought the wild to all of us (, but we wanted to share the person we knew Paul to be, and to relive some of our memories of him. While Paul’s body of work will continue to impact the ornithological and scientific communities for years to come, the man that Paul was – enthusiastic, caring, and deeply passionate about the natural world – changed the lives of everyone he met, and that too deserves celebration. Paul was the pre-eminent teacher. As a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), he taught many university students, and through his writings, he reached even more people beyond the university. There are many of us who met him on the Platte River and had the opportunity to learn from him there, and to take the enthusiasm and love he had for the ecology of the Great Plains and spread it to our own friends and family. For the two of us, Paul was never officially our teacher, but our meeting on the Platte helped to shape our love of Nebraska’s wild places, influenced our science, and provided a model for how we share knowledge with others.