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James Luther Davis

James Luther Davis grew up chasing lizards in the Sonoran Desert, and went on to earn a master's degree in zoology from Colorado State University. He moved to Portland in 1981, where he served as education director for the Audubon Society of Portland until 1990.

James was instrumental in starting Marylhurst University's Head Start Summer Science Institute, the only training program in science for Head Start teachers in the nation, and he taught in the program for its 10-year lifespan. During this time he wrote The Northwest Nature Guide's predecessor, Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year: Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. He also contributed to Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas.

He is currently a naturalist for Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces, as well as for Smith and Bybee Wetlands Area. He does a variety of educational programs in Metro's natural areas, and when not pursuing his natural history interests, he plays guitar in rock-and-roll bands, although not nearly enough these days.

Books by James Luther Davis