Leader Profile: Norman
Don Norman
Field Trip Leader

Toting his new Peterson Field Guide, a gift from his godmother, 12-year-old Don went on a field trip to a heron colony near his home in Louisiana. Three years later, he watched a Greater Shearwater on a trip to Florida and saw a Swallow-tailed Kite. "Seeing such cool birds - I was hooked," he recalls.

In addition to bird watching, Don has been involved in bird banding for many years. His first experience with banding birds was in 1970 at Fort Morgan on the Alabama coast, a memorable time. "We had a late cold front move in," he comments. A sudden shower began to drench the birds caught in the banders’ net. What to do with all those chilled birds? Don and his associates quickly took each bird out of the net and placed them on the dashboard of his car. "I remember dozens of Myrtle Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, and Bay-breasted Warblers lined up on the dash, warming up in front of the defrosters!"

His interest in banding continued when he moved to Seattle in 1976. Some of his Seattle Audubon field trips include a visit to a bird banding station. During the winter of 2003-2004, Don organized banding demonstrations held every weekend of the month. "I want to share the banding experience with Seattle Audubon members, because it is an effective wildlife management tool and also a way to really see some birds up close."

--Sharon Sneddon
Associate Editor