ever the creature of habit, i am an erstwhile erudite who still retains a link to his owling past, doing so despite the tuggings of life and jobs and other, lamentable distractions. i live atop lake superior, in a bowl of land nestled between mount oberg and moose mountain. each fall, i wade amidst a flood of migrating saw-whet owls, banding and releasing hundreds during the months of september and october. once upon a time, during the springs of my life, i conducted breeding owl surveys, despite liberal doses of sleep deprivation and conflicts with the spring x-skiing season. surveys were conducted from 1987 through 2012 (such a fool), when i decided i had had enough; thereby demonstrating the first hints of pragmatism in my life. i have a b.s. in biology and an m.s. in wildlife conservation, both from the university of minnesota. i am currently, gainfully employed as a public servant, which is a huge improvement over cleaning toilets at the holiday station in tofte. life is good and i know it.