Pat grew up in England and came to the U.S.A. in 1980 pursuing a career in aeronautical engineering. One day he got tired of working for large companies, quit his job, and started volunteering at The Nature Conservancy. Eighteen months later they hired him, and he worked for them, in Seattle, for eleven years.
In 1994 he took a hawk ID class, which opened his eyes to the world of birds and changed his life. Pat has spent many Falls since then sitting in cold drafty blinds on mountain ridges trying to trap and band hawks.
Pat and his wife moved to Missoula in 2009. This spring he is hoping that flickers will nest in a box in his back yard, if he can evict the squirrels.