Leader Profile: Breece
Marv Breece
Field Trip Leader

A trip to Ecuador in 1978 sparked Marv’s passion for birding. "The Magnificent Frigatebird, Blue-footed Booby, and Hoatzin pushed me into this obsessive habit," confesses the Ohio native.

Marv was a member of Kenai Audubon, when he lived in Alaska from 1976 to 1984.  Shortly after moving to Seattle in 1995, he joined Seattle Audubon.

His new hobby sent him hustling across the state to scope out as many species as he could. "In 2001, I broke the state record for a 'Big Year' in Washington by recording 359 species between January 1 and December 31," he recalls. Senator Ken Jacobsen, a Seattle Audubon at-large board member, invited Marv to Olympia, where the senate passed a resolution acknowledging the feat. 

Marv’s life list includes 100 birds from every county in the state except Spokane. Pursuing that list, along with a changeable work schedule in the sales field, leave time to lead only an occasional field trip. Be sure to take a trip with Marv when you get the chance.

Profile by Sharon Sneddon, Associate Editor