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Friday, March 07, 2003

Ron Smith Bio

Ron Smith is a bird carver with collectors in 40 states. In almost 40 years he has carved over 1000 birds in the realistic style using the media of basswood and oils. His work has been featured in museum shows in Texas and Michigan.

Ron attended Alma College and Eastern Michigan University where he earned a Masters in Literature. He taught English for 32 years, mostly in Alcona County in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. He met his wife, Sharron Denby of Auburn Hills, MI while teaching in Novi, MI. They were married in 1965.

The literary world of nature has also been a part of his accomplishments. He edited the Thunder Bay, Michigan Audubon Society newsletter for thirty years. Also, he was one of the contributing writers for Harlingen, Texas Valley Morning Star nature column. He edited Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest books III and IV. This is the world's richest wildlife photo contest.

He has contributed articles on birding for the disabled to Bird Watcher's Digest and pieces on Valley wildlife to the magazine, Rio Grande Nature. Currently, he writes a nature column in The McAllen Monitor. For five years he has been chairman of the McAllen Texas Tropics Nature Festival, one of the major birding and nature festivals in the U.S.

Because they are avid birders, Smith and his wife Sharron spend the winters in Pharr,
Texas. During the summers they live in their 70-acre woods on a branch of the Thunder Bay River in northern Michigan.

You can view his writing and carvings at these websites:


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