My Brief Biography
My husband and I are natives of Colorado but we met while teaching school at a coal camp near Rock Springs, Wyoming in the 1950s. When the mines closed in 1960, we moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Allen taught mathematics at the high school level and at Clark County Community College. I chose to teach at the elementary level.
During those years I took advantage of the “outdoor” type courses offered by the Continuing Education department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Among those lecture/field trip courses were geology, ornithology, archeology, and most important, desert flora (read wildflowers). During a leave of absence I audited and later enrolled in an upper division Botany course. The skills and knowledge gained there have been the foundation of my ongoing study of Botany.
We retired from teaching in 1987 and came to the Delta area in 1989. In 1995, I was asked to monitoring the Sandhill Cranes when they stopped at Hart's Basin (Fruitgrowers Reservoir on maps). The major activity is during spring migration although we do have cranes stopping during the fall migration as well as a wintering flock of about 200 birds. And I've learned a good deal about all of the other birds that utilize the Basin.
I've conducted seminars in wildflower identification for our local chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society and at the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. I've led walks & field trips for the BLM, the State Parks, the Forest Service, and given numerous slide shows on birds and native plants. I've presented seminars on Cranes and on native plants for Mesa State's Continuing Education on the Montrose campus. Recently I’ve given presentations at the Monte Vista Crane Festival and at the Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife National Refuge south of Albuquerque. I helped prepare specimens for the BLM Herbarium at Montrose. So, I'm really more of a botanist than a birder.
I had a weekly column on birds or native plants in the Mountain Valley News from 1992 until 1989. I've been with the Delta County Independent from 2000 until the present.
My first book, Following the Sandhill Cranes in Colorado: Enticed into Birding, was published by Western Reflections Publishers in Montrose. My second book, Still Following the Feathered and Flowered was self-published in 2008 and is available at local bookstores, and on Amazon.com.
P.O. Box 196
Eckert, CO 81418