About Me

I’m a junior high science teacher in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I’ve been interested in birds ever since I was a little kid.  When I was 15, growing up in Ontario, we found a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak on our lawn with a broken clavicle.  This led me to volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation centre for the summer.

After completing a biology degree, my wife and I moved to Calgary where I started volunteering with the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.  When our son arrived in 2007, I regrettably ran out of time for AIWC but I wanted to continue to connect with birds. 

I was inspired to start listing and organizing my birding in part by the book “A Supremely Bad Idea” by Luke Dempsey and I started maintaining a list in the fall of 2009.  I also found this book to be something of a precautionary tale and I try to involve family in birding as much as possible – Michael can identify a handful of birds and does a great chickadee call!  

Birding also ties in well with my two other principal interests – books and photography.  You can find more about these interests under the appropriate tabs above.  I don’t define myself by my lists but I do find them to be good motivators and you can find my year list and a few other things under the "Checklists" heading above.

If you want to contact me, I can be reached here.