Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. From a very young age I was known to catch and study all sorts of small animals and insects including snakes, grasshoppers, frogs, and especially butterflies. I would scour the hollyhocks, willow trees, and nasturtiums in my neighborhood and in nearby Cornwall Park for butterfly larvae to rear. My interest brushed off on the kids in the neighborhood and soon many kids chased butterflies in the lazy days of spring and summer. I became more serious about my study of butterflies while attending Western Washington University. Inspired by my entomology professor, Dr. Gerald Kraft, I began to study butterflies with a more scientific approach. I became determined to see every species of butterfly in the state, and I spent as much time as possible in the field to acquaint myself with all of the various ecosystems of Washington from the Blue Mountains to the Selkirks, and the ocean coast to the Okanogan highlands. I taught high school biology, botany, and environmental science for 36 years. I currently live with my wife of 48 years in Gig Harbor, Washington, and have four children and six grandchildren.