The man responsible for helping bring back the bald eagle population in New York State has died.
In 1976, Mike Allen, a Stanley native and a graduate of Marcus Whitman High School, was fresh out of the Community College of the Finger Lakes when he was selected for the eagle project.
Young eagles from Alaska and the Midwest were released, after they were reared in “hacking’’ towers at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.
Allen died recently, he was 65-years old.
Michael L. Allen, 65, died Saturday, (Oct. 28, 2017) at Geneva General Hospital after a long illness.
Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be send to a charity that Mike supported, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or to the Stanley Fire Company, P.O. Box 481, Stanley, NY 14561, where Mike had been a life-time member and former Fire Chief.
Mike was born in Penn Yan and was the son of the late Arthur and Betty Allen. He graduated from Marcus Whitman High School in 1970 and from C.C.F.L with an Associates Degree. Mike was a member of Ducks Unlimited.
Mike worked as a Wildlife Tech for the NYS DEC. He and Pete Nye worked together on the Eagle Project, which brought the Bald Eagle back to New York State. If you are lucky enough to see a Bald Eagle in New York, think of Mike.
Mike is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sharon Allen; two sons Aaron (Coco) Allen of Corbin, Ky. and Matthew (Sara Bills) Allen of Macedon, N.Y.; two grandchildren Kaila Marie Allen and Noah Michael Allen; sister, Jane Reavis; nephew, Charles (Stacy) Reavis; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and many friends. Mike was a loving father and grandfather.
The Allen family wishes to thank their many friends, who have helped them during Mike’s long illness.