Board position: Scholarship Committee Member, former Sanderling Editor, Historian
Occupation: Retired, Teaches bird class at PG Adult School
other interests: Basketball, Writing
first time birding: Whidbey Island, Washington
unusual birding event: Being shot at on the Hollister Xmas Count
best birding event: Meeting future wife Jan Scott on a field trip to Jetty Rd.
I have been a volunteer for MPAS since the early 1980s. For many years I wrote a regular column for the Sanderling suggesting birds to look for and where to look for them during the upcoming seasons. I tried to write it with humor and some gentle, verbal prodding. That began before I took over as editor of the Sanderling and continued during the time I served as editor. I served with many presidents and other directors from the early 80s on. The last office I held was that of Historian (fitting since that was my MA) when the board tried to establish an office and library. In a moment of weakness the MPAS board presented me with a plaque for "Meritorious Service" in October 1994.
I grew up in North Dakota and was always interested in all kinds of wildlife, especially when I become a waterfowl and upland game hunter. As a hunter you have to know your birds and their behaviors. However, I first became bookish about birds when living on Whidbey Island in Washington State. The house I rented on the water had Osprey and Bald Eagles coming to the front yard, hummingbirds and other birds coming to the feeders, so I just started paying attention. That is when birds became an essential part of my life.
I try to enjoy the moment. I certainly enjoy the sounds of the Woodcock in flight display on a spring evening in Minnesota, but I just as thoroughly enjoy the ascending spiral song of the Swainson's Thrush I often hear along the Carmel River.