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December 24, 2013

Howard P. Brokaw dies at age 97

The conservation world mourns a lifelong supporter

Dec 20, 2013--Hawk Mountain Sanctuary mourns the loss of long-time director Howard P. Brokaw who died at age 97, leaving an impressive legacy of appreciation for and longstanding support of wildlife conservation.
 
Brokaw was the grandson of the great American artist Howard Pyle, and contributed to ornithology and bird conservation for most of his life, including 27 years of service on the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary board. A passionate birder and global traveler, he retired in the 1970s from a distinguished career in business to devote more time to the non-profit sector.
 
During his lifetime, Brokaw served as chairman of the boards of trustees of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1981-1985), the American Bird Conservancy (1994-2002), was a founding trustee of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, treasurer of the International Council for Bird Preservation, and was a past president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society. He served two seven-year terms on the governing board of the National Audubon Society and several other organizations, including World Wildlife Fund, Delaware Museum of Natural History, RARE Center for Tropical Conservation, Asa Wright Nature Center, Brandywine Conservancy, and the Mid-Atlantic Law Center.
 
In 1978, Brokaw was Project Director and Editor for the Council of Environmental Quality's book, Wildlife in America. One of his most important contributions from a Delaware perspective was his role as editorial consultant in the production of Birds of Delaware , described as "an account of not just breeders but of all occurrences of bird species in Delaware."
 
When asked what his advice would be for future generations, Howard said, "Knowledge of the environment is important. We need to preserve the environment for humankind to learn from, to use, and to enjoy. As time goes on there is increasing pressure to use the environment for profit. It must be controlled for the existence of people."
 
He also pointed out that "our population must be controlled or we will overrun our resources."

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