Discovery Park Habitat
Profile - Thomas (Tom) Palm
Webmaster of DiscoveryParkHabitat.org, Discovery Park Adopt-An-Area
Steward (1997-2015), Green Seattle Partnership(GSP) Lead Forest Steward for Discovery
Park (2009-2015), Discovery Park Advisory Council (DPAC) Board Member (2003-2015),
President (2008-2010), Secretary and Vice President (2010-2015).
I am a 50-year resident of Seattle who first walked around Discovery Park in
the early 1970's, when I lived in Magnolia, and have continued to go there continuously
since moving to North Beach in 1980. I usually walk around Discovery Park about
250 times every year, work there on my own 50-100 times a year and lead 20-30 group
work parties there. Below is my micro-biography to indicate where my
current interests came from:
Born in Minneapolis. Schooled in Catholic and public schools in Seattle,
Edmonds (WA), Minot (ND), New Orleans (LA).
College at University of Minnesota (Physics), University of Washington (B.S Math),
Seattle University (2.5 years in Master of Software Engineering program).
Vietnam-era US Army draftee
Life-long consumer of any news related to astronomy, astrophysics or cosmology.
Programmer, analyst, project manager and Fellow at Honeywell (Ballard) for 21 years.
Programmer, analyst, project manager, product manager and Fellow at various software
companies East of Seattle for 12 years.
Outsourced to an involuntary retirement in 2002; had a realization that I could
be a full-time volunteer for things I cared about for the rest of my allotted time.
Learned to appreciate the NW forests over 45 years of mountain climbing, back-packing
and hiking. Learned about native plants from 23 years of hiking with my late wife, a
Master Gardener, and augmented this with intensive book-learning the last fifteen years as
I created the database on this site and rooted in the ground in my area of Discovery
Park for 300-400 hours per year until a back injury in 2008. After a slow recovery,
I am back to being able to work in the Park as well as lead lots of work parties.
I carefully observe plant behavior and development
and try to recognize each one on my 1200 miles per year of hiking, including at
least 200 Discovery Park loops per year to see it at every season, in every weather
and lighting condition and have experienced many "lucky" animal encounters.
What organizations do I believe in enough to spend my time (and $
when I have it) on ?