Saturday, May 28, 2011

Photographs by Dave Menke

In researching photos for Wednesday's Nature Guide post on the Bald Eagle, I learned some sad news. Wildlife photographer Dave Menke died unexpectedly at his Klamath Falls, Oregon, home on April 28, 2011. He was 64.

We know Dave Menke's work from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Digital Library. The library features his beautiful nature photographs, which he generously placed in the public domain. Dave served with the USFWS at various National Wildlife Refuges throughout the United States since 1978. His wildlife photographs spurred international interest in the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex where he spent the last 20 years as the outdoor recreation planner for the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Though we didn't know Dave personally, his great talent, love of nature, generous spirit and work with our National Wildlife Refuge System make us wish we did.