“I love to study, learn and prepare courses,” said 80-something year-old Eastcastle Place resident, Dale Snider. “ I moved to this wonderful community not just for the food but for the ability to offer astronomy and other classes to residents. I also lead a bird-watching group in the spring at Kletzsch Park and Havenwoods State Forest where robins, red-wing blackbirds, and sandhill cranes typically lead the pilgrimage flights back to the northern states.”
Dale, a former physics professor at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee who ‘retired’ in 2000, continues to enjoy learning and teaching Eastcastle Place resident classes where he typically has 20 people in attendance. He also holds classes at the North Shore School for Seniors in Whitefish Bay. Among the courses Dale currently teaches are Bird Songs; Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays; Wisconsin Prairies; Global Warming and Renewable Energy; Astronomy; From the Big Bang to Now (i.e. a History of the Universe). He also hopes to teach a course on Doctor-Assisted Suicide in the future.
With a lifetime love of birds, Dale began birding as a child when he would walk with binoculars around his neck so he could examine a bird species in a moment’s tweet. In fact, he retired from teaching early so he could become more involved in the study of birds and their patterns.
Dale’s bird watching classes burgeon as the weather warms and birds return. Within the Milwaukee area, Dale has identified 170 – 200 species of birds each year. He has participated in different types of bird studies including breeding bird surveys that show changing populations of the various species. Dale believes that recent declines in some bird populations are primarily caused by global warming and that society only has until 2040 to solve this global warming problem, i.e. that we must react quickly. Wind and solar renewable energy sources, according to Dale, are the hope for future generations.
Two children and two grandchildren are Dale’s contributions to future generations and to future bird watchers. His daughter, who lives in Marin County California, encourages her sons to enjoy the fascinating song of birds with their own exploration of native species.
Eastcastle Place is a Life Plan Community located on Milwaukee’s vibrant East Side. Eastcastle Place offers independent living, promoting an active and engaging lifestyle for seniors. The Health Center at Eastcastle Place offers assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, thus providing complete continuing care for seniors. Eastcastle Place is managed by Life Care Services®. For additional information call 414-219-1398 or visit www.EastcastlePlace.com.