It’s no secret that Fort Bragg, California is a great place to see shore birds — from Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park to MacKerricher State Park’s Laguna Point. Among the great birders and bird photographers in the world is Fort Bragg’s own Ron LeValley seen in the this video. Many of us enjoy his Outside My Window “bird of the day” email or regularly stop by to see stunning new wildlife photographs at the Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Galley on Main Street (Highway 1) in downtown Fort Bragg.
If you want to know more about Ron, his work, workshops and more, read on …
Ron founded Mad River Biologists in 1982 and is the company’s Senior Biologist. Ron is probably best known for his knowledge about the identification and distribution of birds along the Pacific Coast; he served for six years as a Northern California regional editor for AMERICAN BIRDS. A lifelong interest in marine birds and mammals was enhanced by a long involvement with Point Reyes Bird Observatory beginning in 1966, including serving as a biologist at the Farallon Island research station in 1968 and for two years during 1979-81.
Among the many projects he has been involved in, Ron has co-authored and coordinated a training program under the auspices of the Pacific Seabird Group’s Marbled Murrelet Inland Survey Protocol. Virtually all of the Marbled Murrelet surveyors in California and southern Oregon have gone through his training program. In 1979 Ron founded and for 15 years operated an ecotourism company specializing in marine mammals and island biology. His travel expertise extends from South America and the Galapagos Islands through Baja California to Alaska, northern Canada, Australia and Africa.
As a professional photographer, Ron has compiled an impressive collection (over 70,000 images) of wildlife photographs that he uses for presentations and publications. One of Ron’s outstanding attributes (and favorite activities) is sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. He is particularly adept at explaining complex biological principles in understandable terms, a talent that he brings to his report writing and consultations with regulatory agencies.