Michael Anderson, Co-Chair
Michael "Finnegan" Anderson grew up in a small town in central Utah where hunting and fishing was about subsistence as well as sport. His parents started taking him along on fishing and hunting trips when he was only two years old and he's been chasing fur, feathers and scales ever since. His primary passion these days is archery and big game bowhunting. He's a NBEF Bowhunter Education instructor and received a 2013 Stewardship Award from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for his efforts in the National Archery in the Schools Program. He's been a member and served on the boards of several conservation organizations in the past, but now focuses his attention on BHA due to the threats posed by privatization of public lands and booming energy development in the state of Utah.
Finn has been a public school teacher for 25 years and currently works at an alternative high school where half of his contract is teaching advanced students online. The best thing about his job is that he can teach school from his campsite or fishing boat. The worst thing about his job is that he can teach school from his campsite or fishing boat. He lives in Sandy, Utah.
Jay Banta, Co-Chair
Jay was raised in the farm country of the Salinas Valley of California. He developed a passion for all things outdoors at a very early age and was engaged in studying birds of all kinds by the time he was 7 or 8 years old. He fondly remembers his early hunting forays, riding his bike across his small community and going down to the river to chase quail, cottontails and an occasional duck.
This love of wildlife led him to a degree in wildlife management from Humboldt State University in 1978. Soon after, he embarked on a career as a wildlife technician, working on national wildlife refuges in California, Nevada, Minnesota, and Utah. This was followed by a six year tour as a Wildlife Biologist for the Department of Army in Oklahoma and then a transfer back to the National Wildlife Refuge System as the Refuge Manager at the Bill Williams NWR in Arizona. After a couple of hot years on Lake Havasu, he transferred back to his dream station, the Fish Springs NWR where he remained as the Refuge Manager for 19 years before retiring in March of 2010.
Aside from watching birds, Jay is a passionate spring turkey hunter and enjoys pursuing all upland birds in the fall. He views his work with BHA as a stellar opportunity to continue to contribute to the habitat conservation that has been core to his world for over 40 years.
He now lives in beautiful Torrey, UT and is the proud father of two wonderful kids and the most wonderful granddaughter in the whole world!
Chris Crockett, Treasurer
Chris has been involved in fisheries and natural resource management for over 15 years. He grew up in western Tennessee where his outdoor ethics were formed roaming 170,000 acres of the Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area. Six seasons on the North Slope of Alaska conducting fisheries research further influenced his appreciation of wild places and the vital need for sustainable resource management. In his current position as an Aquatic Biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, he passionately protects and restores the state’s aquatic habitats and educates the public about the value of native fish and amphibians.
Chris is an avid upland bird hunter who enjoys pursuing the West’s many upland game species. He is especially enthralled with two iconic Western species, sage and sharp-tailed grouse, but his guilty pleasure is pursuing chukar partridge in the mountains of central and northern Utah. During the off-season he can be found hiking with his lovely wife Emily in the Wasatch Mountains, trying to convince his Llewellin setter Toolik to retrieve a training bumper, or kayak fishing on Utah Lake.