Jim Anderson was born
March 27, 1928, and raised on a small farm in West Haven, Connecticut.
For 16 years, he never had cold hands or a cold forehead ‹ thanks
to his grandfather teaching him how to milk cows.
It was on the farm that Jim learned the Conservation
Ethic at the age of 12. "You eat what you shoot," his
grandfather said, as he inspected a great horned owl Jim had
It was also in West Haven that Jim began a long love affair
with airplanes and flying. He used a horse-drawn mowing machine
to cut the grass on a small airport close by, and took his wages
in flying time. (This experience eventually led him to become
a FAA Certified Commercial Pilot and CFIG: Flight Instructor
Jim rolled into Bend on his Harley-Davidson in September of
1951, after spending 4 years in the US Navy serving on sub-chasers.
The day after he arrived in Bend he was fighting forest fires,
using his Harley for transportation on mountain roads.
In the mid-50's Jim spent time with Fort Rock
(Oregon) horseman, Reub Long, author of "The Oregon
see if he wanted to be a buckaroo. He didn't.
Jim logged, mined pumice, and studied coyotes
- especially the response to poisons (to non-target species,
such a raptors) and what effect "control" had on reducing
livestock damages. He also became involved with the Oregon State
Police and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) apprehending
miscreants shooting eagles, hawks, and owls. In later years,
he contracted studies for ODFW on bats, eagles, hawks, owls,
cormorants, and osprey.
Jim worked for The Oregon Museum of Science
and Industry (OMSI) in Portland as a naturalist for several
years, implementing outdoor science activities for students
and teachers, and operating science camps. He was also the
director of the Children's Zoo and
Conservation and Education in what is now the Oregon Zoo in Portland.
Jim has been studying raptors in Central Oregon for over 40
years, specializing in golden eagles, osprey, ferruginous hawks
and American Kestrel.
Jim has been writing a nature column for
The Nugget Newspaper in Sisters and The Source of Bend for
several years, and recently for General Aviation. He is also
the author of a book, "Tales
from a Northwest Naturalist." He is a self-taught naturalist.
(In his case a "Naturalist" is a biologist who flunked
Jim has traveled to Australia, lived with
Aborigines in the Northern Territory, and studied spiders in
Melbourne. He was the manager of TNC¹s Ramsey Canyon Preserve
in SE Arizona for three years, has also traveled throughout
Arizona and the Northwest conducting a variety of natural history
studies, including, birds, spiders, condors, hawks, eagles
Jim started the nature programs at Sunriver
in the early 70's,
working with John Gray and the original landscape architect,
Jim has conducted Elder Hostel programs
for Central Oregon Community College, Sunriver Nature Center,
and Southern Oregon University for several years.