Vern Laux was a bird expert, butterfly enthusiast, international bird tour leader, educator, radio commentator, columnist and author who also happened to love to fish. Vern birded extensively all over North America, living in Massachusetts, Arizona, and Alaska, and spent time birding in virtually every other state. He knew how fortunate he had been to have birded on all 7 continents, including over 20 trips to the Antarctic to observe birds, and to have seen some of the most spectacular wildlife and scenery on the planet.
He wrote thousands of newspaper columns about birds and the natural world that appeared in the New York Times, the Cape Cod Times, the Martha’s Vineyard Times, Vineyard Gazette, and Nantucket’s Inquirer and Mirror, published magazine articles in a variety of magazines including Birder’s World, Birding and Nantucket Today, and authored the book Bird News-Vagrants And Visitors On A Peculiar Island.
Passionate about wildlife, especially birds and butterflies, his favorite group were shorebirds, fabulous globe-trotting migrants that fly to the “ends of the earth” twice annually. Vern was the ABC News “Person of the Week” with host Peter Jennings, the last Friday in August, 2004, after finding the rarest bird in the Americas so far this century: a Red-footed Falcon. He was the Resident Naturalist, Land Manager and Education Director for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation.