Friday, January 4, 2013

We send our condolences and sympathy to Malcolm Coulter’s family. Malcolm, who spent several summers on Great Gull Island, died at his home in New Hampshire on January 2, 2013.

               Malcolm Coulter "Last testament", December 9, 2012

LIFE is the most wonderful thing in this world:  the most precious for people, pets, plants and for all.  If it weren’t for LIFE, none of us would exist.
I have been blest with the most wonderful life: the greatest, most caring and loving friends (and I hope I have been the same in return); the opportunity to work around the world; and, I hope to make some difference, in caring and for conservation and for the many people I tried to contribute to.
            I wish to especially thank the Millers for their support over so many years.  Kent, Kay and Peter have supported me through health issues and have been so very supportive.  Talby and Theo Page saved my life when I went into a coma by sending me to the hospital quickly.
There are four or more aspects of our lives that are most important:
            Honesty, Loving, Caring, Humor, . . .
            THERE ARE SO MANY WHO HAVE HELPED ME AND WHOM I CARE ABOUT:  Point Reyes Bird Observatory (The Farallon Islands: birds and plants; David Ainley); Bob Risebrough and the Antarctic; Pacific Seabird Group (Craig Harrison, Mark Rauzon, Dan Anderson, Lora Leschner, George Divoky, Pat Baird); Oxford (Chris Perrins, Martin Garnett; the footballs); Bob Ricklefs in my graduate career; Helen Hays at the American Museum of Natural History (Joe and Anne DiCostanzo; John Farrand, Ivy Kuspit and certainly Matthew Male) (Culver Williams and Fred); Marsha Sitnik and the Galapagos (David Duffy, Felipe Cruz, Linda Germany); Singapore (Polly & Peng); SREL stork project (Larry Brian, John Ogden, Jim Rodgers, and the precious stork crews); IUCN stork, ibis and spoonbill conservation (Wim van den Bossche); Xian (Oriental Crested Ibis: Xi Yongmei); Saint Catherine’s Island (Royce Hayes); Africa (Nathan and Cecilia Gichuki; Emil and Lois Urban); India (Asad Rhamani, Salim, Farrah, Mahesh, Hillol, Sunita and, of course, Prasanta, Malabika); ICF (George and Kyoko Archibald, Jim Harris, Su Liying, Steve) - but I should list the entire staff, especially Jeb, Claire, Betsy); China (Wang Qishan, Cao Lei, He Fengi); Thailand (Pilai Poonswad, Bubphar Amget); Taiwan; UC, Berkeley (SAVE) (Randy Hester, Marcia McNally, John Liu); Cambodia (WCS); Korea (Kim Souil, Sunyoung, Kyungwon); and my most caring group in Chocorua, NH (Gail, Garry, Deborah); as well my doctors (Rose, Goldenhar, and others).  Steve Hewes who has saved my computer so many times!!  My best neighbors, Alice Walylett as well as Barbara Lloyd.  And of course, not to forget so many others who are so dear!  Especially, Sylvia Blankenship who has been so nurturing, with very special feelings.  And so many others (individuals too many to mention but each but each so important) … I love you all !  And White Dog, my 17-year companion !!
            And my family: Jean, Dave, Holley, Douglas, Lena, Eliot, Holley, Douglas!
            It’s not what individuals can do but what we can all do together!

Happy New Year and if you haven’t seen this on U-tube here’s the link! Great way to start the New Year and hope you all have as many exuberant moments in the New Year as the Humpback did once it was freed!

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