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Mark Wangerin's earliest childhood memories are fishing with his grandfather on Long Island Sound and his father in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Family vacations were often spent visiting his cousins at one of the several National Wildlife Refuges his uncle managed. The natural world was always a passion for Mark. Upon graduating high school, he headed straight for the Pacific Northwest.  At Oregon State University and the University of Washington he studied Zoology and Oceanography. Early in his career he was a Fisheries Biologist, working on projects in Alaska. This is where he became interested in wildlife and nature photography.  His personal vacations have always been centered around natural experiences in a variety of exciting environments. When he became a teacher, he used an extensive slide collection as a tool to motivate, challenge, and inspire young people to care about the natural world. He finished his career with the Seattle School District. Today he is retired and lives in West Seattle where he enjoys taking photographs and is determined to document the amazing “Wildlife of West Seattle.” His work is often seen on the West Seattle Blog.

See Mark's photos featured in the Seattle Times Reader's Lens Gallery