Pat and Connie met when she took a job in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 1992. They were neighbors and soon became fast friends. Before long they were inseparable and found out that they had common interests like a love of nature and the outdoors.
Two years after they met they were married and started making bird feeders (or was it the other way around?) and walking sticks together. After their family all clamored for them to make copies for themselves, Pat and Connie knew they had found their niche. They then decided to try their hand at selling some of their hand-made and hand-painted products to the public.
Sixteen years later and 22,000 bird feeders later, they are still together and still making bird-related products.
Their latest venture is a non-fiction book that Connie has written called A Fascination for Feathers. It details many stories where birds have entered their lives and Connie recollects birding adventures that other people have told her as well. For ten years Pat (and other people too!) has been working on convincing Connie to write a book and she has finally listened to him and written it. It is a book like no other and is a rare gem in the literary world, a literal breath of fresh air for birders who are tired of the same old fancy-pants stories written by bird experts.
Connie and Pat live in beautiful Barbeau, Michigan in the middle of hundreds of Scotch pines and are occasionally tolerated by one very spoiled cat.