About Us

Pattie Pattie and I have always enjoyed the outdoors, and I'm lucky enough that she shares a smidgeon of the passion I have. 

Once she figured out the difference between "camping" (hiking, biking, campfires, steaks on a bbq, beer and long chats into the evening) and "birding" (dawn to dusk walking, tent is just a place to sleep, and you might find a beer or steak at the restaurant when you sit down to eat at 9:30pm :-)), we really started to enjoy ourselves.  You can bird when you camp, but it's a lot harder to camp when you are birding!

The groundwork for this passion of mine was laid at an early age by my Granny and Grandpa Bisset, who used to take our family on Sunday drives through the back roads of Colborne Township, stopping at the Benmiller feed mills, looking for Bluebirds on the fences, and generally enjoying each others' company.

When I was 11 or so, my parents and I took our first trip to Point Pelee, and we've been every year since (with one exception - the year we moved to New Brunswick).  When I was 15 I saved and bought my first camera, a Canon AE-1, and a Bushnell 100-300 zoom lens.  Since then the combination of enjoying the birds and trying to get photographs has been my primary hobby.  Pattie and I still make the annual trek to Pelee, where we are usually joined by our best friend (and Best Man!) Tim Jenkins, who became a birding-photographer convert when we met at U of Waterloo.

Tim and Paul

Our Neighbourhood

Our spot in Rothesay is not too bad for attracting birds.

Yard List

Click here to see our yard list, which includes annual sightings since we moved in.


The property has a good mix of coniferous and deciduous woods, and a field in the back that we let run wild.

Saint John Naturalists Club

For the 2009/10 season Paul is the President of the SJNC, and Pattie has assumed webmaster duties for the Club website. To see what the club is up to, or to join us on a field trip or for a meeting, you can find more information by clicking on the logo, below:

Saint John Naturalists Club


Saint John Volunteer Centre

Pattie has also designed, and maintains, the new Saint John Volunteer Centre website:

Saint John Volunteer Centre


Nature NB

Nature NB, formerly the New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists, is a conservation and education oriented not-for-profit organisation.  Paul is a member of the board executive as Secretary, as well as the SJNC's representative to the board.

Nature NB