"Cascadian Connection: Intimacy as Antidote to the Extinction of Experience." Pyle's most recent work is Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year. Pyle was born and raised in Colorado and has lived in the Pacific Northwest, California, New England, and Great Britain. His undergraduate degree in Nature Perception and Protection and Master of Science in Nature Interpretation from the University of Washington were followed by a doctorate in Ecology and Environmental Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a Ranger-Naturalist for Sequoia National Park, for the wildlife department of Papua New Guinea, as Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, and as co-manager of the Species Conservation Monitoring Center of the World Wildlife Fund and IUCN in Cambridge, U.K. In 1971 he founded the international, Portland-based Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and later chaired its Monarch Project.
For 30 years, Pyle has been a full-time freelance writer, teacher, speaker, and biologist. His 15 books include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs, Walking the High Ridge: Life as Field Trip, and Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place.