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Dick Banks, OC founder, dies at 90

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Dick Banks, who first promoted the idea of the Ornithological Council, passed away earlier this month at age 90. 

In 1991, Banks authored “On Forming an Ornithological Council,” which was published in the Auk.  “I propose the formation of an Ornithological Council to serve as a voice for the science of ornithologist wherever and whenever the voice of ornithology should be heard in the making of policy decisions,” wrote Banks. “If we do not become actively involved in applying our science in the world we will be relegated to having no effective role in its future,” he concluded. 

You can read more about Dick and his many accomplishments here.

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