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Subscribe: Google Podcasts | MoreIn episode 9 I’m very pleased to have a great conversation with Al DeMartini. I’ve been friends with Al for over 50 years. He’s is one of the most interesting people that I know. From a very young age Al had a strong love for the natural world. He has spent much of his life in solitary travel to many exotic destinations from the deserts of the mid-east, and the mountains of Tibet, to the jungles of South America.
For much of his life he lived a migratory existence; Not in the fashion of a migrant worker, but more in the fashion of a migratory bird. He spent many summers working amongst the brown bears of Alaska to then head south to spend the winters on the white sand beaches of Belize.
He presently spends his time as a naturalists in such pursuits as counting tortoises in Mojave Desert and organizing the wintertime bird-count for the Sequoia chapter of the Audubon Society. He is a world authority on birds and birding and a truly great guy.
Al talks about his childhood and coming of age in The Bay Area. He than shares with us some great stories of his travels, which includes encounters with elephants, Brown Bears and marine life…while swimming miles offshore of Belize.
Al then shares with us his love of birding and some of his favorite destinations. He also provides us boomers with some great tips on how to get started in this fascinating hobby.
Check out this interview, I’m sure that you’ll agree with me that Al is truly a one-of-a-kind free spirit.
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scott bunney says
I am pretty sure this Al and I worked together with the U.S.F.S out of Sitka AK in 1981. Anyway you could say Hi for me.
Yup! I live 4 houses north of him. I'll say hi for you when I see him next. I've known Al since we were about 8.
scott bunney says
I know it has been a year. My son lives in Sitka, we visited 8/16 thought of Al, and others
Tim Holder says
I also knew Al from the USFS in Sitka.
Truly one of the most interesting guys I have ever met.
I've known Al most of my life and he has ALWAYS been the same. He's a very unique guy.