Leader Profile: Friars
John Friars
Field Trip Leader

When John was in junior high school in Tacoma, a man from the Tahoma Audubon Society gave a talk on birds. After spending a few weekends birding with this new mentor, John was hooked. He lugged a book of Peterson's bird prints into the field until the first field guide came out in 1942. John moved to Seattle in 1952 and took a position with Boeing, where he was Human Resources Manager until he retired in 1991. Now he and his wife, Ellie, spend as much time as they can traveling and birding. He often co-leads field trips with another Seattle Audubon field trip leader, Rick Sanders. Field trip participants should expect to "forage as you go" rather than take time out for a lunch break, as John and Rick set out to rack up the number of species. John tries to "bird his age" on field trips. "It gets harder every year!" exclaims the 74-year-old Master Birder.

--Sharon Sneddon
Associate Editor