Meet The Naturalist

Aloha, I’m the Private Naturalist.

Maui Mike, The Private Naturalist

Me staring into the webcam, hoping it won’t be permanently damaged by the trauma.

You may have noticed that’s the name of this blog, as well… clever, eh?

So… enough small talk: Here’s a bit of verbiage about who I am.

I grew up in the cities of Oakland and Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area of California during the 1950s and 1960s. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and California State University East Bay where I obtained Baccalaureate degrees in English and Geology, and state teaching credentials.

For several years, I taught GED courses in Earth Science for the Hayward School District (part time) and volunteered as a trip leader and scientist-docent with the Mid Peninsula Regional Open Space District (San mateo County, California). I was a Project Geologist and Technical Publications Editor with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for 16 years. I was stationed in Menlo Park (California), Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and Denver (Colorado).

I spent 10 years as a consulting scientist and field/curatorial assistant with the Paleontology Department of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Morrison (Colorado) Natural History Museum. I got a museum curation/restoration specialist certificate with DMNS and participated in several dinosaur digs in Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota.

In 2004 I bought a home in the town of Kihei on Maui, my current residence. My “back yard” is Ma’alaea Bay, whose white-sand palm-lined beach is a short walk across the road.

Kalepolepo Beach

Kalepolepo Beach, my neighborhood. My house is located behind the trees near the right edge of the photo.

I have lived, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the western states of the US, Canada, western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean region. Currently, I’m exploring Maui’s neighbor islands; so far, my favorite is Kaua’i. For obvious reasons, I don’t feel the need to take “vacations” these days.

My personal interests include SCUBA diving and snorkeling, digital photography, blogging & website development, and the natural history of the Hawaiian Islands. My favorite hobbies are whale watching, collecting sea shells, and beach combing. Every other day, I walk a five-mile stretch of beach adjoining Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge at the far end of Ma’alaea Bay.

My photography website is FOOTPRINTS IN PARADISE (http://maui-mike.smugmug.com). It contains photos of the plants, animals, people and physical environment of Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands. The OTHER DESTINATIONS galleries include photos of other places throughout the world in which I’ve lived or traveled. Eventually, I will post a gallery containing photos of my shell collection.

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