I know there are some list subscribers who remember and knew my
father, Joseph Greenberg, who was very active within the birding
community in California between 1964 and 1974. Joe passed away at
Sunrise Senior Living of Oakland Hills on February 24. He was 89.
My father led many field trips for Santa Clara Valley Audubon and was,
along with my brother Russ, energetically involved in the early days
of "vagrant chasing" in the state. After he relocated to Atlanta,
Georgia, in 1974, he began teaching birding classes for Emory
University. His classes continued until 2002. He also led his
students on summer birding expeditions, including several to
California. He was State Coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service Breeding Bird Surveys in Georgia, and he founded the Atlanta
Audubon's Shade-Grown Coffee Committee in 1997.
My father returned to California in June 2006 and was able to enjoy a
bit of California birding during his final twenty months. In December
he contributed a "feeder watch" to the Oakland Christmas Bird Count.
Joe was an accomplished microbiologist and had a long and
distinguished research career. But birds and birding were the joys of
his life. I will miss him greatly, and I hope that his friends from
the "old days" of California birding will remember him fondly.