About Me

There wouldn't be anything to say about me, if He hadn't created me.

God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

Genesis 1:24

Subdue and have dominion, not destroy earth.

Now, A Bit About Me.

Hi there,

I'm Ronald Patterson, but you can call me Ron.

Along with my wife Karen and Yolanda, our special needs daughter (brain injured in a car accident several years ago) we live near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dori, the oldest child lives nearby with our four grand children and our son Jason (middle child) lives in California.

I was born April 18, 1954 (Easter Sunday).

I'm the fourth of eight children of Ray and Betty Patterson.

I have six brothers and the one sister.

Growing up a middle child was rough at times and when your only sister is right above you in the chain, that makes it even more difficult.

I did the typical boy things like scouts, lots of sports, getting into mischief etc.

Scouts and sports were fun, but they also teach discipline, teamwork, respect and a host of positives.

But my first love, even as a young boy was nature. Especially birds.

I grew up in rural Dorr township in Allegan county, Michigan.

Dirt roads, farms and a two room school house was the order of the day.

Meadows, woodlands and cornfields meant wildlife and lots of it.

Fields and woods were all there to run through and explore.

The world was our play ground, and later on, it became a vast learning center for me (Sad, much of that is gone today).

One thing I had over my siblings, was the joy of nature and gardening.

Gardening was a bond I had with my parents and we had a large garden (one acre plus).

My first memory on gardening was planting peas with my dad when I was six years old. I found a love that continues to this day.

Again, as a young boy six or seven years of age, I began a life long passion for birds.

I'm sure it was the freedom of flight that struck my fancy. Who wouldn't want that ability to move around so freely?

Again, as a young boy six or seven years of age, I began a life long passion for birds.

I'm sure it was the freedom of flight that struck my fancy. Who wouldn't want that ability to move around so freely?

A few years later, I would share this passion with my parents and got them hooked on backyard birding.

As a 10 year old, I built my first feeder. A crude platform built from scrap wood and placed on a brick.

Cracked corn (I ground myself) was all I had to feed the birds, but they came in great numbers during the winter months.

Like many country boys, I went to the city to find work and in my case, the love of my life as well.

As they say, "The Rest Is History".

I married Karen and have lived in suburbia ever since (you can't win them all).

Still, you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy.

We have a great love for the Lord and serve him where we can, and the passion continues to grow.

Indeed, it is our faith that has seen us through many difficult times.

It wasn't until the early 1990's that I finally realized what I wanted to do when I grew up.

I don't think I'll ever really grow up, but you catch my drift.

Here I am in my early 40's and finally getting an idea what God wants for me.

I think that happens to most of us (middle age and finally knowing).

I have this love for God's planet and the nature that surrounds us. I want to learn more and share it with you.

I want to share what I have learned.

Share my passion and expertise for birds, nature and gardening.

Through much of the 90's to 2002, we owned and operated our own wild bird specialty store. We could no longer make it when the new mall moved in down the street.

Today, I'm still a "Michigan Certified Nurseryman." along with a few other credentials.

I help others design their yards and more important, I help them in 'Gardening For Wildlife' by sharing the importance of native plants and encourage them to bypass harsh chemicals and much more.

Further studies and research brought me closer to the world of birds and nature.

I continue to take classes and study as much as time allows me.

As a "Wildlife Habitat Naturalist" and "National Master Naturalist", I continue to nurture my passions for wildlife and gardening and And God shares with me his wonderful creations.

I give lectures and seminars locally on gardening and backyard bird feeding (hopefully a book is in me as well).

We continue to live and love life and "Nature".

I believe God made us stewards of his planet and we are held accountable for how we treat his creation.

I wanted to do more!

I want to share my passion and experience with others.

The Internet!

That's it!

Now I'm the kind of guy that came kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

I refused to get a cell phone at that time.

I never owned a pager.

When pagers were the in thing, I wore my garage door opener on my belt just to look cool.

Just kidding on that one :-)

So the Internet was new territory for me.

I researched and explored different options and hosts.

I even tried a couple of them before I came upon Site Built It (SBI).

More time and research for me and time to give to our God.

I enjoy nature walks and taking pictures. The natural world gives me time to clear my head, take photos and spend quiet time with my Heavenly Father.

As the years have gone by, I have grown a bit as a person and spiritually.

I believe 100% that God is The Creator of the universe and everything it it (including you and me).


If you don't know God, now is the time to ask Jesus into your heart.

If you are a child of Christ, Amen.

That's a brief bit about me.

I mention the fur kids often, the picture to the right is a recent photo of "Ziggy" a Toy poodle and Akita (Keet). She is a Chihuahua, Pomeranian mix (designer dog).

I share bits about Karen and Yolanda as well.

Share a smile today.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Peace, Joy, and God Bless.

"Treat the earth well

it was not given to you by your parents,

it was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,

we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

I hope to hear from you soon,

Your Friend,

Ron Patterson

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