Jim grew up in Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Minnesota. He graduated from U of MN, then went on to Yale and ended up with a PhD from U of MI. He married his high school sweetheart Sue in 1960, and this fall (2012) three of their four grandkids will be at U of MT. His career in the Forest Service, specializing in wildland fire science, brought him to Missoula in 1965.
He got interested in birds as a sophomore in high school when he crossed paths with a white-breasted nuthatch.
In 1976 Jim was one of the folks that started the Five Valleys Audubon Society, and he has been a board member, on and off, ever since. He was President of the Chapter for a number of years starting in 1997 and President of Montana Audubon for two terms. He currently he serves as the chair of our Habitat Protection and Restoration committee.
Jim is an advocate for wetlands, and in 2002 he started the bird surveys that led to the designation of our local Clark Fork River–Grass Valley Important Bird Area. He is also on the board of the Five Valleys Land Trust, and has been instrumental in getting conservation easements on properties in the IBA.
Jim loves to hunt, and he especially likes to train Labrador Retrievers.