Leader Profile: Zimmerman
Neil Zimmerman
Field Trip Leader

Neil came to Seattle in the late 1980s from Fargo, North Dakota, where he was president of the Fargo-Moorhead Audubon Society. How did he get started in birding? On a trip to Florida in 1974, Neil and a friend visited Corkscrew Swamp. "We decided right then that we had to get a bird book." Neil was in the first Master Birder class offered by Seattle Audubon, and he has participated in Christmas Bird Counts for 20+ years. He also teaches Gardening for Life classes. The garden that he and his wife, Carleen, created was featured in the Healthy Habitats booklet, published by National and Seattle Audubon.

A carpenter by trade, Neil built the sign in front of the Seattle Audubon office, a stand for the mailbox, and oak dividers for the Nature Shop.

The Skagit Flats and Spencer Island are a couple of his favorite western Washington birding areas. "I think the common birds are just as interesting as the rarer ones. Bird behavior - what a bird does as it goes about its daily activities - that's what interests me the most."

--Sharon Sneddon
Associate Editor