Stanley (Skip) Almoney was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. In 1970 upon receiving his PhD in Nuclear Physics he came to Houston to work as a geophysicist for Texaco. He took early retirement and spends his time with various volunteer endeavors.
He began bird watching in the fall of 1993 and soon after joined the Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club and served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman. He has birded on seven continents. He is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and as a member of the Houston Audubon Society, is on its Board of Directors, has volunteered on workdays at High Island and Bolivar Flats and has mentored visitors at Boy Scout Woods rookery. For 8 years he organized field trips for both the Ornithology Group and the Houston Audubon. He has led and co-led birding trips for Featherfest, Houston Audubon, and the Ornithology Group.
Skip formed a Texas nonprofit corporation, Friends of Mandell Park, to improve, protect and assist in the maintenance of the newly acquired City of Houston’s Mandell Park. The group raised over 1 million dollars and the renovation is completed. Skip was president from 2004 through 2014, and served as President/Treasurer from 2016 until he stepped down from leadership positions in November 2019. During the ten years from 2004 to 2014 he has contributed over 1750 hours of volunteer time to Friends of Mandell Park.
In addition to bird watching, he also enjoys bike riding. He and his wife Jonni live in the Museum area and enjoy the many fine dining experiences as well as cooking at home. They both enjoy traveling, ballet, live music and reading.