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Ornithologist Chandler Robbins has lifelong passion for things with wings

Ornithologist Chandler Robbins has lifelong passion for things with wings

Although his 98th birthday looms in July, Chandler Robbins is still showing up at the office.

The longtime Brooklyn Bridge Road resident, who officially retired in 2005 after a 60-year career, puts in three half-days a week at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in South Laurel.

This comes as no surprise to colleagues of the famed ornithologist.

After all, Robbins – whom colleagues affectionately refer to as "Chan" and describe as the epitome of a gentleman scholar – has spent more than seven decades watching, listening, recording, counting, banding and studying birds.

As founder of the annual North American Breeding Bird Survey –...

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