The Idaho Bird Records Committee functions through the volunteer time and efforts of a group of birders who are dedicated to documenting species occurrence in our state. Given Idaho’s rural nature and a historically low number of area birders, maintaining a functioning committee was challenging at times, particularly in the pre-Internet days. The committee’s activity sputtered.
Enter the late J. Harry Krueger.
From the original Idaho Birds web site:
“The Idaho Bird Records Committee in it’s present form can be traced back to the work of J. Harry Krueger in the fall of 2004. At that time Krueger and Stacy J. Peterson collaborated to set up a website devoted to birds and birding in Idaho. The result is where you are — on IdahoBirds.net. From the IBRC perspective, Harry envisioned this website as the public link between a revitalized Committee and the general birding public. Krueger, as Committee Secretary, worked hard to increase the visibility of, and the interest in, IBRC within the birding community. He strove to share his belief in the value of accurately documented sightings and the role of IBRC with other birders. To facilitate documentation of rarities in the state, he initiated a Rare Bird Report Form that allows online documentation of species on the Review List through the website — a feature that has been well used by many birders.
Working with Committee Chair Chuck Trost, the Committee itself was also revitalized. New members were added, and the collection of reports and photographs that occurred during a period of Committee inactivity was begun.”
Harry’s influence was just the spark needed to get the committee moving. Combined with the hard work of IBRC members, notably the efforts of Chuck Trost, Shirley Sturts, and Stacy Peterson, the Idaho Bird Records Committee moved into the modern, active BRC it is today.
Tribute to J. Harry Krueger
By Louie Quintana