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Ernie - a noted writer, photographer, lecturer, instructor, and author - shares his vast nature and outdoor experiences including stories about the many critters who live with him in his garden on Mt. Hoo in Escondido.
His intimate knowledge of the Anza-Borrego Desert makes him a recognized authority on that region. He brings an astounding depth of technical knowledge along with the keen eye of a veteran outdoor photographer.
Ernie’s passion is nature, and his writings reflect the moods, feelings and intimate encounters he has experienced while seeing the wild with his heart. Many of his works chronicle profound encounters in far away, wild places.
2016 The San Diego Union Tribune - Wild turkeys thrive following revival effort
He is the author of two books.
The latest, There’s a Marmot in My Pack, is a collection of mysteries and adventures from 30 years as an outdoor writer.
Ernie is the former Mayor of Escondido, but his love of the outdoors has been his life-long love and he continues to serve on the command staff for San Diego County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and as a volunteer fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service on Palomar Mountain.
Home for Ernie and his family is on a little mountain north of Escondido they call “Mt. Hoo.” By providing water and habitat, many of the local critters often visit them and have become frequent topics of his regular Nature and Outdoor Column in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Ernie will sell copies of his book at the meeting.
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