Monday, July 27, 2015

Bob Anderson

I am deeply sorry to confirm that Bob Anderson passed away this morning. Out of respect for Bob and his family, we are asking that everyone respect their privacy. Official announcements will be made here and on Ustream in the days to come. Our deepest condolences to Bob's family.

Although Bob was very proud of his work with the Decorah Eagles, his heart was truly in his peregrine falcon recovery work. This video tells the story of his cliff work and was a special favorite:

The photo shows him on Great Spirit Bluff. It was one of his very favorites - he loved to be on rope - and is how many of us will remember him. Fly on, friend and mentor. We will never forget you.


Nora H said...

I'm so glad I talked to Bob at the big After the Fledge weekend in Decorah within the last couple weeks. He taught so many so much, and that was one of his main goals besides bringing back the peregrine falcons along the Mississippi, which he did a great job at, and also worked with the Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, and Kestrels besides. He was so excited the Kestrel nest box idea along roadways took off and was successful. When talking about the peregrines, especially at the King Plant in Oak Park Heights, MN, his eyes just lit up. It was there that the first power plant falcon settled and after that many power plants started putting up nest boxes. He even worked with people in Europe, I believe it was Italy that a nest box was taken over and installed.

Aside from being a wonder with raptors Bob was a caring individual. He will be missed by so many of us, ones that only "knew" him through his work, and ones of us that actually knew him in person.

Chris Gourley said...

Bob had a passion for raptors and for fly fishing. I was lucky enough to document his work first with peregrines then again with the Decorah Eagle Cam. I was also lucky enough that after we were done videotaping for the day we would often head for a trout stream to fly fish until the sun went down. He taught me a lot about both raptors and fly fishing.

His work touched innumerable lives as he turned the world on to the beauty of nature and birds of prey. And Bob left all of us a gift. The gift of peregrines on cliffs overlooking the Upper Mississippi River.

Chris Gourley
Iowa Public Television

Mark Ahlness said...

Oh my heart breaks, with gratitude.

Thank you Bob, as you look down from above, Peregrine style. Mae is happy to be with you: (from the first birdcam, with Mae, Smoke and Prescott, 1998)

Linda Ward said...

Prayers go up for the family as they grieve their loss. There is just no way to thank Bob Anderson enough for bringing the raptors into our homes with the nest cams, educating us by showing how they live and interact. That is just absolutely priceless information and entertainment. Rest in peace, Bob, soar with the eagles and falcons that you love so much.

Nancy Freeman said...

"I give you this one thought to keep:
I am with you still ~~ I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone, for I am with you still ~~
In each new dawn."
from 'Native American Prayer'

May you soar forever, Bob, with all the beloved eagles there with you now and always...

Ede Rollins said...

Bob- you will be missed greatly-- I always enjoyed our conversations, and hope to pick them up again one day. Blessings to you!