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DAVID NADEAU - IN MEMORIAM

On November 4, 2007, Dave Nadeau, a man whom I considered my best friend for almost 30 years, died of a heart attack. Dave was an avid birder who travelled extensively in North America combining business trips with birding. He loved to keep lists, and his two big lists every year were his Alberta year list and Alberta winter list.
He retired on November 1st, 2006, so the year 2007 was his first full year of retirement. In that year he was able to pack in a lot of birding trips, taking his first ever trip to the American Tropics with a two week trip to Costa Rica, spending two weeks in California, taking a trip to Vancouver and combining a family visit with a birding trip to Nova Scotia. He also travelled extensively in Alberta, and two days before he died he chased after and saw Albertaís first record of Red-bellied Woodpecker. On the day of his death he had been on a field trip to Cold Lake with members of the Edmonton Nature Club. He got three new birds for the year on that trip, putting him at 286, his highest ever for Alberta. Dave was enjoying life to the fullest this year.
I donít do a lot of people photography, Iím mostly a wildlife photographer, but I dug into my files and found a few photographs of Dave. I have interspersed these with photos of birds that we saw on some of these trip. There is also text below each of the photos of Dave that you should read to understand the significance of the photos.
Good birding Dave, Iíll miss you very much.
Dave Nadeau - Christmas Bird Count 2005
Dave Nadeau - Christmas Bird Count 2005
Dave in Vancouver
Dave in Vancouver
Glaucous-winged Gull Qualicum Beach 1a.jpg
Glaucous-winged Gull Qualicum Beach 1a.jpg
Dave on Victoria shoreline
Dave on Victoria shoreline
Black Oystercatcher 2.jpg
Black Oystercatcher 2.jpg
Black Turnstone 2.jpg
Black Turnstone 2.jpg
Sanderlings.JPG
Sanderlings.JPG
Birds at Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Birds at Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Wood Duck.JPG
Wood Duck.JPG
Tufted Duck X Scaup hybrid Vancouver 4.JPG
Tufted Duck X Scaup hybrid Vancouver 4.JPG
Dave and Gerald watching shorebirds at Beaverhill Lake
Dave and Gerald watching shorebirds at Beaverhill Lake
White-rumped Sandpiper 2a.jpg
White-rumped Sandpiper 2a.jpg
Black-bellied Plovers in flight 2a.jpg
Black-bellied Plovers in flight 2a.jpg
Stilt Sandpiper 5a.jpg
Stilt Sandpiper 5a.jpg
Dave and Alan at Whitemud Creek
Dave and Alan at Whitemud Creek
Barred Owl 2a.jpg
Barred Owl 2a.jpg
Three-toed Woodpecker.JPG
Three-toed Woodpecker.JPG
Pileated Woodpecker 5.jpg
Pileated Woodpecker 5.jpg
Dave and Stan at Keephills NE corner
Dave and Stan at Keephills NE corner
Western Grebe 1.jpg
Western Grebe 1.jpg
Bald Eagle 2nd year bird 5.jpg
Bald Eagle 2nd year bird 5.jpg
Dave and Tim on boardwalk Sir Winston Churchill P.P.
Dave and Tim on boardwalk Sir Winston Churchill P.P.
Black and White Warbler.jpg
Black and White Warbler.jpg
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1a.jpg
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1a.jpg
Dave on Whistlers, Jasper N.P.
Dave on Whistlers, Jasper N.P.
White-tailed Ptarmigan female 3a.jpg
White-tailed Ptarmigan female 3a.jpg
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch 1a.jpg
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch 1a.jpg
Pika 1a.jpg
Pika 1a.jpg
Dave and friends at Cold Lake
Dave and friends at Cold Lake
Mew Gull 11b copy.jpg
Mew Gull 11b copy.jpg