Our friend and fellow
birder Leena Roger passed away peacefully in her sleep on the 12th of July,
2020. It came as a surprise even though she had had a heart attack a while back
but seemed to be recovering well. We will certainly miss a lot of the
things she did for our birding group, but what I think we'll miss the most is
her always positive and friendly personality and the kindness she showed to
It is true that she took pictures of a lot of the
meetings, field trips and special occasions, for the newsletter and field trip
reports, and faithfully compiled the monthly hotline highlights for many years,
and spearheaded the very successful Utah County Birders Facebook Page which now
has over 1,140 members that share photos and thoughts about birds. But
what I think our group will miss the most is the thoughtfulness and always
positive words and consideration she had for others, trying to welcome them into
the group and encourage them to participate in our common interest in birds.
I personally will remember the Christmas bird counts, the
birthday celebrations at Chuckarama with her, Tuula,Rose, and Eric Huish, which
we called "website staff meetings" even though the subject didn't really come up
or need to), and all the bird chases far and near, successful and
unsuccessful.-- it turns out that they're always successful when you get to
spend time with your friends.
We'll miss you Leena!
* Link to
Photographer Bio -- written quite a few years ago -- with a google link to
her website photos.