Passing of a DVOC Member – Bill Stewart

It is with sadness we report the passing of member Bill Stewart on Tuesday November 12, 2019
Previous to becoming a DVOC member, Bill was the recipient of the 2014 Rosalie Edge Conservation Award in recognition of his ongoing conservation efforts in Delaware

An article on his passing appeared in USA Today

Holly Merker wrote the following on PABirds
“Many of you knew Bill Stewart, who spent a lot of time in PA, and inspiring PA birders. He recently Chaired the Frontiers in Ornithology Symposium in partnership with the PSO, and was the founder of the Delaware Bird-a-Thon, which has saved thousands of acres along the Delaware Bayshore, which the PSO supported through donations and efforts. Below is what I wrote to the Delaware birding community:

“With great sadness I’m writing to let you know that we’ve lost one of the greatest forces in the Delaware birding community today. Bill Stewart, a true bird hero. Bill passed away today surrounded by his family, and his beloved Kim, while wrapped in tremendous love.

Bill’s drive and fire in the effort towards bird conservation, locally, and globally, was unparalleled. His incredible determination to make things happen, get things done, all in the name of birds and birding, was like none other. While bird conservation, through land conservation and education, was foremost for Bill, he prioritized connecting the next generation of birders to conservation, and led by example.

There’s no doubt he will be missed by so many of us, as he’s left his incredible mark on our community. But, what he’d want us to do is go forward, make things happen, get things done for the good of birds and conservation. But most of all, cherish every moment with birds and friends, be empowered by the spectacles of migration, go do what your heart inspires you to do.”