Ray Baynes was born in Vancouver, BC, in 1931 and obtained the degree of BSA (Agronomy/Zoology) in 1953. His undergraduate essay was on waterfowl crop damage in the Fraser valley. He held summer positions with the Federal Department of Agriculture entomology laboratory, Vernon, and with the BC Department of Finance, undertaking grazing and orchard land evaluations. Subsequent summer field work with the Canadian Wildlife Service in the Okanagan and the Western Arctic and with the BC Game Department led to further studies at UBC and the award of an MA (Zoology/Wildlife Management) in 1956.
Ray was then appointed as Regional Wildlife Biologist, BC Department of Recreation and Conservation for the Northern regions, with headquarters at Prince George. Later he took up a position at Vancouver Community College, teaching ecology and biology university transfer courses. He also taught population ecology in the UBC Zoology Department during the summer session. Subsequently he was appointed as Assistant Chair (later Chair), Department of Biology, Vancouver Community College and Langara College, then as Coordinator of the Environmental Studies program at Langara College.
Ray participated as a consultant to the Canada Land Inventory, a joint Federal/provincial program as Field Director in the recreational land use sector and undertook extensive fieldwork in north-central BC. Also he participated as a consultant in land use planning and recreational land use evaluations for the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the Municipality of Coquitlam. He is a member of the Professional Biologists of BC (RPBio).
Ray is married and resides in North Vancouver, BC. His wife, Denise, and daughters Diane and Lesley are all UBC alumni.