[CT Birds] Julio de la Torre remembered

James Dugan jim at duganworks.com
Wed Jul 12 10:17:13 EDT 2017

Some of my earliest memories were of our dad bringing my two brothers and me on Mr. de la Torre’s Owl Prowls in the late 60’s and early 70’s. They were such special occasions for us boys and Mr. de la Torre’s ability to share the magic of nature with children truly influenced our lives. I have always felt honored to have had those experiences with such a gifted and special man.

Jim Dugan
New Milford

> On Jul 11, 2017, at 4:15 PM, Milan Bull via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> Many COA members may remember Julio de la Torre, the jovial, charismatic birder, author and naturalist born and raised in Cuba but moved to New Canaan in his twenties with his family.
> Most of us remember Julio as an owl expert and author of 'Owls: Their Life and Behavior" who led many owl prowls as president of both the New Canaan Audubon Society and the Linnaean Society.
> Not so well known is that Julio spoke five languages fluently (including classical Greek) and was a semi-professional opera singer who would often break into song during lulls on a field trip!
> Julio was an intellectual with a fine mind, a great sense of humor and a wonderful warm personality.
> Julio passed away peacefully at the Norwalk hospital on July 8.
> His obituary is here: http://www.hoytfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1984690
> Milan Bull
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