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SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 108 – Morley Nelson recognized


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SJM108.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
MORLEY NELSON - Stating findings of the Legislature and expressing
condolences to the family of Morley Nelson and recognizing his many
03/07    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/08    Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
03/10    10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Andreason
    Title apvd - to House
03/11    House intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
03/17    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/18    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/21    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Deal
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/22    To enrol
03/23    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/24    Sp signed
03/25    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2005
                                       IN THE SENATE
                               SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 108
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                                   A JOINT MEMORIAL
  4        We,  your Memorialists, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the
  5    State of Idaho assembled in the First  Regular  Session  of  the  Fifty-eighth
  6    Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
  7        WHEREAS,  Morley  Nelson  was  born on a ranch in North Dakota in 1916 and
  8    died on February 21, 2005, in Boise, Idaho; and
  9        WHEREAS, Morley often recounted the experience when he saw his first  fal-
 10    con plummet from the sky and strike a duck his horse had flushed which began a
 11    lifelong fascination with raptors; and
 12        WHEREAS,  Morley  served  in World War II in the 10th Mountain Division of
 13    ski troopers and was awarded the Bronze Star,  Purple  Heart  and  the  Silver
 14    Star; and
 15        WHEREAS,  Morley  was instrumental in the enactment of a 1958 law in Idaho
 16    which protected birds of prey and the eventual enactment of federal  law  pro-
 17    tecting birds of prey; and
 18        WHEREAS, in a career which spanned 50 years, Morley Nelson's contributions
 19    to  preserving  raptors  was nothing short of staggering, including personally
 20    raising and rehabilitating dozens of birds, working with Idaho Power to design
 21    safer power lines to prevent the deaths of thousands of  birds  by  electrocu-
 22    tion,  lecturing, demonstrating and educating tirelessly, working to establish
 23    the  Snake  River  Birds  of  Prey  Natural  Area  and assure its realization,
 24    recruiting The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey to Boise, work-
 25    ing on more than 30 films about raptors, including Disney films with wide pub-
 26    lic appeal; and
 27        WHEREAS, Morley was widely  recognized  for  his  strength  of  character,
 28    boundless  physical  stamina  and inexhaustible work ethic, contagious passion
 29    for the birds of prey he championed to great effect, integrity and individual-
 30    ity which set him apart from others, and zest for nature  and  the  domain  of
 31    raptors; and
 32        WHEREAS,  Morley Nelson was a very genuine and loving human being, husband
 33    and father, friend and colleague to all; and
 34        WHEREAS,  it  is  appropriate  and  fitting  that  the  Idaho  Legislature
 35    memorialize a man who was singular, unique and special in ways which cannot be
 36    captured in words, but which will not  be  forgotten  in  the  legacy  of  the
 37    raptors he cherished.
 38        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
 39    of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Representa-
 40    tives  concurring  therein,  that we recognize the great works and accomplish-
 41    ments of Morley Nelson and the changes he forged in the way people will  think
 42    of eagles and hawks forevermore. We extend our sincere condolences to his fam-
 43    ily, while knowing that his memory will not fade, as he has carved for himself
 44    a special place in history.
  1        BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED  that the Secretary of the Senate be, and she is
  2    hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this Memorial to the  fam-
  3    ily of Morley Nelson.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 15091

The purpose of this memorial is to recognize the outstanding,
staggering accomplishments, and the man himself, Morlan "Morley" Nelson
for his work and devotion to the Birds of Prey throughout the world.  In
recognition of the recruitment and establishment of the Snake River Birds
of Prey Natural Area in Boise and in bringing The Peregrine Fund's World
Center for Birds of Prey to Idaho. Morley Nelson brought the State of
Idaho, with his contributions to preserving raptors to the attention of
tourists from all over the world.  He gained the respect and friendship
of Kings, Presidents, Congress and Business. His films, some with Disney,
others with entertainers such as Paul Neuman and John Denver taught the
world to respect and protect these magnificent birds.

He should be recognized for his honesty, his inexhaustible energy,
his boundless stamina, and his contagious passion for educating the world
to birds of prey.  His legacy and love for the birds is instilled in the
hearts of everyone who knew him.  He was truly, "A Man for All Seasons". 
Morley Nelson has a special place in history and will not be forgotten.

                           FISCAL NOTE

No Fiscal Impact

Contact:  Senator John Andreason 332-1333
          Senator Clint Stennett 332-1351
          Vicki Patterson 321-7464

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                          SJM 108