Most people know Don Norman as a bird guy, but he actually has a background in botany. Starting in 1994 when Don was hired to do bird surveys at Fort Lewis, he has been connecting the birds in plots he surveyed to the plants he measured in those plots. Lots of plots. When Don is not here, he is working in Louisiana on the Deep Horizon (BP) oil spill restoration), volunteering with Ilia State University in the Republic of Georgia or out rambling in the NW [Photos show collecting milkweed in eastern Oregon, looking for Black Grouse in the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia, and teaching a Common Nighthawk chick to catch bugs!].
Don is a board member of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory, a member of the Washington Native Plant Society, and has used permaculture methods to create a productive and wildlife friendly backyard. Don’s re-design of his yard has started, so stop by for the process.