Thursday, February 16, 2012

3/5 Dedication date for Marty Sohmer memorial bench

Marty Sohmer was a legendary Brooklyn birder, so I am posting this info .I cant post a photo here so if you want to know what he looks like, email me at

Posting From today's Ebirds Yahoo group :

Dedication of Central Park bench for the late Marty Sohmer
Posted by: "blackburniannyc" blackburniannyc
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:29 pm (PST)

Many of you remember the late Marty Sohmer, one of the best beloved birders in the metro area and an all-around fine human being. And you may remember a fundraising drive back in October to "adopt" a Central Park bench in his honor.

We are pleased to announce that the bench will be dedicated on the morning of Monday, March 5, with an informal ceremony in the Central Park Ramble. Join us at the Central Park Boathouse, where promptly at 8 AM we'll make our way the short distance to the bench. Everyone is welcome, whether you knew Marty or just want to get to know him through those who loved him. Bring your best Marty stories and/or, if you like, something non-alcoholic with which to toast this warm, generous, one-of-a-kind character who frequented both Central Park and Prospect Park, taught a lot of us so much of what we know about our birds, and played a big part in fostering the community atmosphere that prevails in our metro birding circles.

We hope to see you all there.

--The Committee for a Marty Sohmer Park Bench
including, among others:
Rhoda Lee Bauch
Mary Birchard
Elise Boeger
Ardith Bondi
Mike Bryant
Steve Chang
Chris Cooper
Ken Gale
Jeff Kimball
Jack Meyer
Wendy Paulson
Judy Rabi
Barrie Raik
Ray Slyper
Sally Weiner