Robert Michael Pyle
Robert Michael Pyle (born July 19, 1947 in Denver, Colorado) is a lepidopterist and author who has published twelve books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. He has a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He founded the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in 1974. His 1987 book Wintergreen describes the devastation caused by unrestrained logging in Washington's Willapa Hills near his adopted home. His 1995 book Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide was the subject of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His other books include Sky Time in Grays River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place, and Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage. In September 2010 he published Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year, chronicling his adventures across the continent in 2008 to view and document as many of the native butterflies as possible (similar to the birder's big year).
Pyle lives in Grays River, Washington with his wife, Thea.
Awards and honors
- 2011: Washington State Book Award in the Biography/Memoir category, The Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year
- 2008: Washington State Book Award for General Nonfiction, Sky Time in Grays River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place
- 2007: National Outdoor Book Award (Natural History Literature category), Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place
- 1995: Guggenheim Fellowship, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide
- 1987: John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, Wintergreen
- Kuhlken, Robert. 2002. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 275, Twentieth-Century American Nature Writers: Prose, pp. 261–270. Detroit: Gale.
- Slovic, Scott. 2000. Pyle, Walking the High Ridge: Life as a Field Trip, pp. 119–146. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions.
- Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year. 2010. Houghton Mifflin.
- Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place." 2007. Houghton Mifflin.
- The Butterflies of Cascadia: A Field Guide to All the Species of Washington, Oregon, and Surrounding Territories. 2002. Seattle Audubon Society.
- Nabokov's Butterflies. Edited and annotated by Pyle and Brian Boyd, with new translations from the Russian by Dmitri Nabokov. 2000. Beacon Press.
- Walking the High Ridge: Life As Field Trip. 2000. Milkweed Editions.
- Chasing Monarchs: A Migration with the Butterflies of Passage. 1999. Houghton Mifflin.
- The Thunder Tree: Lessons from An Urban Wildland. 1998. Lyons Press.
- Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide. 1995. Houghton Mifflin.
- Insects: A Peterson Field Guide Coloring Book. 1993. Houghton Mifflin.
- Handbook for Butterfly Watchers. 1992. Houghton Mifflin.
- Wintergreen: Listening to the Land's Heart. 1987. Houghton Mifflin.
- Butterflies: A Peterson Field Guide Coloring Book. (With Sarah Anne Hughes and Roger Tory Peterson). 1983. Houghton Mifflin.
- The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies. 1981. Knopf.
- Wild in the City (2000). Oregon Historical Society. (Introduction, "No vacancy," and chapter, "Bright Butterflies, Big City.")
- Nature's Fading Chorus: Classic and Contemporary Writings on Amphibians (2000). Island Press. (Prologue, "Reflections in a Golden Eye," and chapter, "Waterproof Wildlife.")
- Facing the Lion: Writers on Life and Craft (1996). Beacon Press.(essay "Secrets of the Talking Leaf")
- Words From the Land, Volume II (1995). University of Nevada Press. (essay "A Grand Surprise")
- The Norton Book of Nature Writing (1990). Ed. J. Elder, R. Finch. Norton. (essay "And the Coyotes Will Lift A Leg")
- Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden (1990; new edition, 1998). Xerces Society/Sierra Club Books. (Afterword and chapter "Butterfly Watching Tips")
- The Art of the Butterfly (1990). Chronicle/Marquand. (Afterword)