Onik Arian, 61, of Crescent City, California, a dedicated birder, member of the Conejo Valley Audubon Society, and emergency room physician at Sutter Coast Hospital, died on December 16 while participating in the Del Norte County Christmas Bird Count. Arian was swept off a jetty during a break in the storms that have been hammering the Pacific Coast and died of head trauma. You can read the story here and here.
I don’t recall ever meeting Dr. Arian, but any birder’s passing is like losing a member of our extended family. His death is all the more tragic for occurring “in the line of duty.” My thoughts are with his relatives, friends, colleagues, and birding companions.
Thanks to John Trapp at Birds Etcetera for sharing this sad news.