For more than 20 years Gary worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the National Wildlife Refuge System. He worked primarily on wetland, waterfowl and water bird management and planning in Eastern Oregon and in California’s Central Valley. Gary served as a wildlife biologist at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years and is currently working part time for the International Crane Foundation on sandhill crane conservation in the Pacific Flyway. He finished his PhD work on wintering ecology of sandhill cranes in 2015 through Oregon State University.