Mike Blair has spent a lifetime outdoors. Nearly all of his work and play has occurred in the open air. From an early age, he was fascinated by the natural world. When given a comprehensive aptitude test by his high school counselor, Blair’s best-suited job was “Shepherd.” Blair chose a different route, but his love of remote, wild places, and a natural tendency to go it alone, helped explain the unusual result.
Instead, Blair went to University of Missouri- Columbia, where he received a B.S. in forest management, and an M.S. in entomology. In 1978, he began working for Kansas State University as an Area Extension Forester. Marking timber in a 19-county district, Blair spent eight years in that job. During that time, he began writing a weekly outdoors column for the Hutchinson News. He bought a camera, learned photography, and soon was selling wildlife pictures to national magazines. His column was syndicated to other Kansas newspapers and continued for about 10 years. Blair began freelance writing for magazine markets, as well.
In 1986, Blair went to work for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks as a full-time wildlife photographer. He is now retired as Associate Editor, Photographer, and Videographer for KDWP.
Publication credits include nearly 100 magazine titles, and Blair’s photos have appeared in numerous book, calendar, and notecard projects in the U.S. and Canada. He has self-published a number of his own books, including a collection of his best syndicated columns on the Kansas Outdoors, entitled, “Prairie Chronicles.” Blair writes and publishes an annual edition of a book series entitled, “Deer Quest,” which journals the Kansas bowhunting season. Blair and his wife also author nonfiction children’s nature books for use in school curricula.
Blair is an active member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association. He has won numerous national photo and writing awards in various competitions.
Blair, lives with his wife in Pratt, KS. The couple have two grown daughters.