Long time Nevada birder Bill Hart died Wednesday night, March 25, claimed by cancer after a few months of illness. He was about 76. Bill is survived by two sons, two daughters, four grand children, and a great grand baby.
After a stint as at the aviary at the San Diego Zoo, Bill had a long career with the California Dept. of Fish and Game, beginning as a hatchery worker in Independence. He made warden at Earp, along the Colorado River. In about 1968 he transferred to South Lake Tahoe, where he wardened until his retirement in about 1990. At that time he wore badge number 1.
Bill was at various times a champion pistol shooter, an avid bow hunter, and a blue ribbon winning carver of decoys, both service and decorative. He birded throughout his Fish and Game career and devoted a lot of time to birding after his retirement. Among his many qualities he was a practical person. He knew how to do a lot of things and was a problem solver. Perhaps best of all, he never complained, even under the most trying circumstances.
No services are planned; Bill didn't want a fuss of any kind.