Bob Rufe

Positions and Achievements

I began my birding "career" with a day trip around “Brig,” now the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) with my brother and veteran birder, Hart Rufe, on the Saturday of Easter weekend in 1973. The proverbial “bug” had taken a big bite! Birding became a logical extension of a lifelong love of the outdoors, and another of many ways to add to the enjoyment of hiking, touring, hunting and fishing.

Over the ensuing years Bob has birded across the country and around the world, maintaining ABA bird lists for North America (709 species), and the state of Delaware (378 species). I keep these two lists more as a matter of habit and discipline than friendly competition, and the lists’ growth is more a matter of time in the field and companionship on trips than of birding expertise.

I have particularly enjoyed extended trips taken with DVOC, the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS) and other bird clubs such as Bucks County Audubon over the years, as well as a few professionally led tours. Some of my favorite destinations include excursions to Texas, California, Washington, Florida, Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska, as well as less arduous junkets locally. I have also had the opportunity to bird in the UK and several European countries, Morocco, Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Trinidad and most recently, Belize.

Bob has been most active with the DOS, serving as Field Trip Chair, Editor of The Flyer, and two terms as President: 1989-1991 and 2003-2005, only the second individual in DOS to have served two full terms. He was presented the DOS Lifetime Achievement Award in June, 2016 for service to the society.