Tuesday, August 21, 2007

a tribute to June Osborne

WildBird Advisory Board member June Osborne began writing for the magazine many years ago. Most recently, she wrote a column for each issue, first called "Room With a View," then called "Eavesdropping."

When I began working with her in 1998, I fell in love with her enthusiasm, patience and Texas accent. Because she and my boss shared the same name, we began calling her Tex, and that's how she signed off on her e-mails. Reading her articles and columns reinforced my affection for this wise, generous woman who indulged my request for a blog-erview and gave wonderful hugs when we finally met.

I'm very sad to type that June's health challenges got the better of her this month. She died peacefully on Aug. 15.

In honor of June, WildBird asks her friends, colleagues and readers to send short reminisces to ahooper AT bowtieinc DOT com. Please send contributions by Sept. 4, understanding that we reserve the right to edit for length and clarity.

Please be so kind as to share this invitation with other birders. Thank you.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jeff Gyr said...

Sad news. A loss for all of us.

June was always such a warm, friendly presence at Neal's Lodge in the Texas Hill Country, where she held court as resident birder, shepherding a succession of Elderhostels and other groups around the bird-rich grounds.

She really loved that place, and those birds, and sharing it all.

August 21, 2007 4:09 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yes, yes she did (c:

August 21, 2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. I've read June's columns for many years and I always dreamed of going to Neal's Lodges and seeing the pecan grove she spoke so highly of.

August 21, 2007 5:32 PM  

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