Pete’s grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and a career as a wildlife biologist exploring the woods and waters he loved was a natural. His 37-year career with the US Forest Service spanned Michigan, Minnesota, and Alaska. Those experiences provide the basis of his personal stories about growing up, about wild places and wild things, and about working in an organization dedicated to managing natural resources in the public eye.
He performs his stories at libraries, museums, and festivals from Alaska to Hawaii to Virginia and points between. His easy going style invites the listener into his world where his story about the year the rats invaded town demonstrates Barry Commoner’s ecological principles; where releasing a skunk from a live trap ends up as a lesson for a young supervisor; and where spending a night in the cabin of a man who had been murdered is a study in what it means to grow up.
Disney Cruises frequently invites him to share his natural history stories aboard the 2600-passenger Disney Wonder on its cruises through Southeast Alaska. He does stage shows for hundreds of passengers on week-long cruises in addition to spending hours on deck with passengers talking about glaciers, whales, and forests.
“The Skunk Whisperer,” his debut CD of natural history and career stories, was released last year. His latest release of natural history tales from Southeast Alaska will be released in Summer 2014.