The birds lost a friend in Vern Laux early Thursday morning, when Laux died from complications related to esophageal cancer.
Since he was 12 years old, Laux had studied birds, spending any time he could outside, admiring their flight and daydreaming about what it would be like to soar with them above the earth. He advocated for birds. He protected them. And he even saved them, when he could.