|John Ogden in 2009.|
I read the Miami Herald this morning and found out John Ogden died on Saturday. I didn't know him well although I did speak to him a few times and we certainly recognized each other. I listened to him speak at dozens of meetings and was very impressed with John's presentations. He was "one of the world's leading authorities on wading birds" and in his role as a scientist for the South Florida Water Management District he helped shape the plan to restore the Everglades.
The Florida Environmental movement has lost a giant. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
This passing brings me to a sad realization: The environmental movement is made up of aging stars. Who will take over and who will have the institutional memory to protect Florida's fragile ecosystem?
To make matters worse, with Rick Scott as Governor, most of the Scientists have been fired from the South Florida Water Management District.