Brad grew up in Wisconsin where he worked on a dairy farm and taught school from elementary to college level while also serving as a volunteer firefighter. Yearning to spend more time with the outdoors and wildlife, Brad returned to school himself to pursue a master's degree in wildlife biology, an avenue that would still allow him to educate people, only in a different setting. Since 2004 Brad has worked in Yellowstone National Park as an educator and guide, leading mainly wildlife-focused trips throughout the ecosystem. He has also done research in Greenland on peregrine falcons, guided in the Florida Everglades and Keys, and presented educational talks around the country. Brad is also a wildlife videographer and producer, another means that allows him to share his amazing experiences with others. In addition, Brad has worked with raptor rehabilitation and research and studied amphibian and bird populations. Specific interests include observing animal behavior, animal tracking (especially wolves), and enjoying varied outdoor activities including hiking and general exploration of new habitats. "I basically live outside immersed in wildlife," Brad says, driven by a passion to share as much of that experience with others as he can.
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Brad was a great guide. He went over and above to help us. He found out any info we asked about and totally took care of the group. I don't think the trip would have been as good if he had not been there. Everything went smoothly because of him. No detail was too small to matter. Brad was fantastic!"
"Brad was very accommodating with special requests. He was very knowledgeable on a variety of subjects and willing to share lots of great information. He also had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around. He did a great job organizing the group -- keeping us on schedule, but in a low key manner. We really appreciated his help on camera questions. He went out of his way to accommodate viewing and photographing the northern lights. We felt fortunate to be part of his group."
"We could not have asked for a more friendly, thoughtful, knowledgeable and patient guide. Brad's professionalism throughout the adventure was second to none and his natural enthusiasm made the experiences even more special. We would actively seek Brad to be our guide on our future exploits. Thank you."
"Brad was outstanding! I've taken many tours, and he was the best leader ever. He managed to get us all where we should be, when we should be in a gentle and caring manner. I've had tour leaders who must have been former Marine drill sargents! He always had time to answer questions, listen to requests, just be friendly. He made sure he spent time with each member of the group. For awhile, I was afraid he'd never eat, as he was always checking that all of us were fine, answering questions, sharing his binoculars, etc He shared his knowledge of the wildlife and the area without ever "lecturing". NatHab should definitely use him as much as possible!"
"He was excellent! An incredible knowledge about the bears, the other wildlife and the Churchill area. In addition, he went above and beyond to make certain everyone in the group was having the best experience possible. I cannot rank him high enough!"