I’m a freelance writer, naturalist, retired federally licensed bird bander, avid beach bum, former aquarium guide, and a lot of other things. I inherited my interest in birds from my father, and became a naturalist because I was raised that way. Our family ‘farm’ was 125 acres of woods, fields, swamps, and ponds in what was then a very rural northwestern NJ. We were safe in those days, and so we were allowed to roam freely on this land. Over the years, I’ve put in a lifetime of ‘dirt time,’ observing, learning, and living close to the natural world. I seldom write anymore, and I no longer band birds, but I’ll always be a naturalist. I’ve lived in New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida…but Florida is where I truly feel at home and where I am now.
My bird banding career started in the 1970s at the Raccoon Ridge Bird Observatory and quickly expanded to include wildlife rehabilitation. I’ve lived in NJ and spent 10 years in Florida, where I continued to band migratory birds in Sarasota County. I left Florida for Kentucky in 2003, and ran the Cave Creek Banding Station near the Daniel Boone National Forest. I returned to NJ in 2006 to help start the new Raccoon Ridge Bird Observatory, and banded there for about 3 years before turning the research over to another bander. I went back to Florida in the fall of 2008, mostly to be near my elderly mother. I worked at a seabird hospital for six months, until my mother required full-time care. My mom passed in July of ’09, and I then returned to Kentucky, to the Daniel Boone National Forest, almost 9 miles from the main road. I love the woods and always will, but I’m a beach bum at heart and so returned to Florida in 2012. Home at last. The point of all that is that much of my moving around is reflected in the posts in Natural Notes.
For a long time I abandoned Natural Notes…but occasionally we do need our breaks from most things in life. 2015 went out with a bang for me, and changed my life in a big way. You can read about it in this post. I now have renewed interest in writing, and so I’m having another go at Natural Notes and blogging.
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