Our speaker for October will be Aquatic Biologist and Wildlife Photojournalist Ken Davis.
Ken Davis was born and raised in Chico California. His family spent many weekends fishing in Deer, Battle, and Burney Creeks. According to his father, Ken didn’t start off too well in the fishing world. Milton Davis loved to tell the story about young Ken’s bait typically ending up high-and-dry on a rock while he intently watched the American Dippers “dance” on nearby rocks. In his defense, Ken thought the Water Ouzels were magical. Maybe that was the beginning of a wonderful career in biology.
Ken has thirty years of experience in designing invasive species survey programs, aquatic invertebrate biology and taxonomy, plankton collection and identification. He is currently the lead biologist on several invasive species survey projects including monitoring New Zealand Mudsnails in Putah Creek and Quagga Mussel surveys in Lake Solano and throughout the Solano Project. He has under contract to develop an innovative project to document the fish of Putah Creek with subsurface video surveillance. That project has been instrumental is capturing video and still images of spawning Chinook salmon in Lower Putah Creek.
Ken’s photo career started when he was a triage medic in Viet Nam. During a short medical excursion to Tokyo, he purchased his first 35mm camera. Beginning in 1983, his photos were represented by Tom Stack and Associates an international photo agency. His images have been published in over 4000 different periodicals, encyclopedias, newspapers, and textbooks that include: National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation, Zoobooks, Sports Afield, American Angler, Montana Magazine, and the Flyfisher. Two editors claim that Ken is possibly the premiere aquatic invertebrate photographer in the business. He is the primary owner of Wildlife Survey & Photo Service and Creekman which is a multimedia production company that uses professional photography, video and art for education, documentation and Public Relations.
Established in 1991, AFF provides people interested in fly fishing the opportunity to share information, learn from others, experience fly fishing in various locations, and protect fisheries for future generations.