Retired as a Senior Terrestrial Ecologist with We Energies in Milwaukee in April 2006 after 28+ years and now has an Emeritus Scientist relationship with the company.
Founded the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory located at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin in 2010.
Received his BA from Miami Univ. (Ohio) in botany, MS from Cornell Univ. in plant pathology, and PhD from Cornell Univ. in wildlife science in 1973.
Past-President and current Historian of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Founder of the Riveredge Bird Club, Board member for the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, and Steering Committee member for the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative.
Completed a breeding bird marathon, the Quad 30 Campaign (www.quad30campaign.org) in 2004. Served as Senior Editor for the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin. Received the Silver Passenger Pigeon and Green Passenger Pigeon Awards from the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. Received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for Citizen-based Monitoring Efforts from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gathering Waters Conservancy in 2010, and the 1st Annual Lorrie Otto Memorial Award from Milwaukee Audubon in 2011.
Noel is a native of southern Ohio where he still returns whenever possible and has lived for almost 34 years in rural Ozaukee County near the Cedarburg Bog with wife Kate, who is a naturalist and as The BugLady issues a Bug ‘o the Week column; Robyn (32), having completed her PhD in archaeology at the University of Pittsburgh with field work in Peru, is now an Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Centre College in Danville, KY; Seth (29), an aspiring bird artist/photographer and terrific birder who sees more birds these days than I do, has been the official raptor counter at 4 different bird observatories in New Jersey, New York, and Michigan and is at Derby Hill Bird Observatory in NY this spring; and Laurel (26), an aspiring writer/poet/teacher, has been teaching English and science in the Minneapolis school system, and is now a crew leader for Conservation Corps.