This article about NYSOWA member Roger Fulton was originally published Mar. 2, 2016 in the Daytona News Journal.
Roger Fulton has been wintering in Volusia County after a 20-year career with the New York State Police. While working in law enforcement, he authored several books, including “Common Sense Supervision,” a paperback book that has been translated into five languages.
Upon his retirement, he continues to author books, but his subject matter has changed. He now writes as a master naturalist about life in the outdoors.
“It’s all the same skill set. You go to the scene, look around, make observations, take a few photos, talk to people who know more than you do, then you go back and review the information and put it on paper,” Fulton said. “That was called a police report, this is called a chapter in a book.”
Fulton has written field guides fashioned after spiral-type police notebooks that include information on hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and golfing in both Central Florida and New York.
Fulton spends five months each year in DeLand, and spends the other part of the year in Cortland, New York, where he focuses his explorations on the 1000 Islands, Lake George, Saratoga Springs and the Finger Lakes regions.