There was a large turnout for the Dedication of the refurbished Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory held on Sunday May 6 at BBBO.  Matt Belanger, President of the Board of Directors, welcomed the crowd of nearly 85 people, to start off the program.   Bob’s daughter,  Laurie Dirkx, had slides of her father which were running behind the podium.  Cindy Marino, Linda  Boutwell, and  Betsy Brooks spoke on behalf of the banders and friends of Bob.  Betsy read messages from John Gregoire, Gerry Rising, Jennifer Hanley, and others, and  Roger Cass and several other members of the audience spoke about their memories of Bob.  After the Dedication,  a wonderful supper prepared by Linda Boutwell, Kathy Habgood, Marilyn Guenther,Cindy Marino, Ann Nash, Andrea Patterson and Alice Van der Moere was enjoyed by everyone.      Betsy Brooks

Photos below by Laurie Dirkx and Kathy Habgood.

Program for the Dedication, designed by David Bonter

Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory plaque

Family members gather before the Dedication

Family members gather before the Dedication

Friends of Bob Arriving for the Dedication

Friends of Bob arriving for the Dedication

Matt Belanger, President of the BBBO Board of Directors, welcomes attendees

Family and friends of Bob

Friends and family of Bob

David and Wilma Sickels

Roger Cass of Genesee Land Trust Remembering Bob

Roger Cass of Genesee Land Trust remembering Bob

Wonderful Treats for the Supper!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wonderful treats for the supper!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David Bonter with Chita, Laurie and Laurie's Daughter Cassie Clement

David Bonter with Chita, Laurie and Laurie’s daughter Cassie Clement

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Laurie with Cassie and Wade

Bob’s Grandson Wade Braman with Jerry Farrell

Cheryl, Quinn and Mark Deutschlander

Cheryl, Quinn and Mark Deutschlander