Like celebrities, seems as if we lose great birders in 3s. In California, over the past year we've lost Luke Cole to an auto accident in Uganda, Roger Higson and now Weds night, Mike San Miguel died after falling in the Angeles Crest whilst owling. Last week, a couple of Illinois birders got in to trouble: http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=38243.15.
As birders, we do a lot of traveling and exploring off the beaten track. We shouldn't take our safety for granted. RIP Mike San Miguel