This Website Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Danny Redfearn
Danny grew up living on National Wildlife Refuges including Monte Vista, Colorado; Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma; and, the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. One of his fellow “refuge brats” once said, “We didn’t know there was any other kind of life.” He was an accomplished outdoorsman by the time he entered high school. An avid skier, he was Wyoming High Schools Alpine State Champion two years running.
A diving accident shortly after his 23rd birthday left Danny quadriplegic, but that never deterred his enjoyment of the outdoor life. He was a true adventurer. He went camping in Alaska, most other western states, Canada and Mexico. When quizzed by an outfitter as to whether he really wanted to go rafting down the Colorado, his answer was, “Just tie me down on the bow.”
Danny enrolled at the University of Arizona in 1980 after he was injured. He earned a B.A. in bio-chemistry, a Masters Degree, and a Teaching Certificate and did extensive work toward a Doctorate in Education Testing/Evaluation.
An avid birder and self-taught naturalist, Danny never missed an opportunity to visit a refuge. Over time he came to believe that refuges were not operating at full potential, and he opined they should do much more toward education. When the Blue Goose Alliance was incorporated, he was there to become a charter member. He coined the Alliance tag line, “National Wildlife Refuges…Where The Extraordinary Is Every Day.”
Danny died in 2004 at the age of 48. This site is dedicated to his memory.