Michael Duttweiler, a career-long adult educator, has long-standing interest in local history of the Catskill Mountains and other regions of New York. He was raised in Jeffersonville, Sullivan County, New York and lived there through his undergraduate years. With relatives still in the area, he returns frequently to the place called "Jeff." He is a three-time graduate of Cornell University holding bachelor's and master's degrees in natural resources and a doctorate in education. Now retired, he lives with his family in Ithaca, New York. He has a deep love for the natural areas of New York State, including the Catskills and the Finger Lakes Region that has been his home for more than forty years.