Chris was born in BC's Fraser Valley and began birding when he was in grade 7. With five dollars won in a book report contest, he was able to buy Peterson's Field Guide to the Western Birds, and armed with a pair of toy 2 power binoculars there was no stopping him.
Chris's passion for birds grew and when he graduated from high school he had spotted 250 species near his home in the Fraser Valley. Chris attended the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University where he studied English literature. He took a teaching position in Fort St. John from the late 70s through the 80s, at the same time having a family with his wife Sonja. Chris amassed thousands of records of birds in BC's little known Peace River Lowlands, before he and his family then moved to Vernon, in the Okanagan Valley of BC.
In addition to teaching Chris became a part-time wildlife consultant. Chris was the regional editor for BC for American Birds magazine in the early 90s and he was also a field editor and contributing author for The Birds of British Columbia project (1990-2001). Chris's birding travels have taken him throughout the US and Canada. His favorite birds include raptors, eastern warblers, orioles and redpolls.