This Is My Story

Originally from Northern California, I moved to Arizona in 1994. I inherited my love of animals from both my parents. Instead of watching The Waltons or Happy Days I was watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler. I had crawdads, praying mantis, butterflies, lizards, snakes, fish, bunnies, cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, scorpions, frogs, toads, tortoise, turtles… I could go on. My father taught me the beauty and respect of every animal and I’d look each one up in my encyclopedia as there was no Internet. I could spend hour upon hour in the yard, the beach, or the creek searching and just observing all creatures. I still can! I think my neighbors are used to me now and I tend to be the first they come to for an insect or animal question, or for a relocation. I have been known to put on special yellow glasses and a special black light to observe my salt water aquariums at night. It’s a kit they sell at the fish stores (really). That way I can see more creatures.

 

Then It Began

 I am a former member of the Archeological Society at U.C. Santa Cruz and used to hunt fossils in Scotts Valley, CA. In 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting Tiffany White. Somehow we got on the subject of birds of prey and it snow balled from there. Tiffany is a biologist and master falconer. One day she brought her Harris Hawk Morpheus by. I was so excited I wanted to cry. In fact, I was crying and jumping up and down at the same time inside my head. The next time I saw Tiffany she offered to be my falconry sponsor. I could not resist and was immediately hooked.