B. S. in Biology from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, 1975
resident of Palos Verdes, CA since 1976
founded Aves International in 1977
for five years operated an import quarantine station and imported mostly soft-billed species of birds and concurrently maintained a small breeding operation. The import facility supplied many birds for U.S. Zoological Parks including hummingbirds, tanagers, cranes, thrushes, motmots, woodpeckers, and many other species.
collection numbered over 350 pairs of mainly larger psittacines at one time;
many hundreds of baby birds were hand-raised annually for over three decades
so now there are a few pairs of parrots and hundreds of cockatiels breeding in the collection.
Birds raised at Aves International have been featured in the movie "Paulie, A Parrot's Story" and on the
television program, "Wild Things" on the UPN Network, as well as in television commercials and programs.
speaker at many national and international avian conferences including those of
the American Federation of Aviculture, International Aviculturists Society, Canadian Parrot Symposium,
the Midwest Avian Research Expo, Avicultural Society of America,
the AVES Conference in Grafton, Australia, and the World Parrot Congress at Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain.
contributed to a monthly column for Bird Talk Magazine called "Ask The Experts" for a decade (1990-2000)
and has written a number of articles for national and international bird periodicals.
photographs have appeared in many national and international publications, in educational materials for children,
in advertisements for avian products, and in the Baby Bird Calendar, featuring photographs of adorable baby birds (published from 1986-2001)
Parrots Magazine (United Kingdom), Avicultural Society of America Bulletin, Wirtschafts Woche (German),
Scientific American, CNN.com/money, and USA Today.
in April of 2009 was given the Avicultural Lifetime Excellence Award by the Avicultural Society of America
charter and lifetime member of the Aviculture Society of America
Avicultural Society of America, The World Parrot Trust,
The International Aviculturists Society, and the Loro Parque Foundation.