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Birder Bert Raynes, 96, always had a line out his door

Sage of Skyline Ranch loved science and was a good and gentle man, friends say.

Bert Raynes award

Jackson Hole’s best-known bird watcher may have lost his mobility in recent years, but Bert Raynes’ wit and curiosity for the natural world never waned.

Mary Lohuis got to know Raynes over a half a century living next door, and in more recent years coordinated his caretaking. The man she said goodbye to last week was the same generous, friendly person she’s always known.

Bert Raynes

Bert Raynes — longtime Jackson Hole News&Guide columnist and lifelong lover of birds and nature — was awarded the 2018 Murie Spirit of Conservation Award on Aug. 14, 2018, at the Murie Ranch in Moose. Raynes died New Year’s Day at the age of 97.

Bert Raynes film

Bert Raynes is the subject of a new documentary. After meeting in their 20s, Meg and Bert Raynes spent decades enjoying nature together.

Bert Raynes

Bert Raynes chats with Mary Lohuis and Dr. Bruce Hayse in August 2018 at the Murie Ranch in Moose, where he earned the Spirit of Conservation Award. Hayse and Raynes enjoyed a doctor-patient relationship and friendship. Raynes died in 2021 at age 96.

Far Afield

Bert Raynes speaks at the premiere of “Far Afield,” a documentary about his life, career and legacy.

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