LOGGING FLUMMOXES FLAMMULATEDS/July 2018 (A 2AM encounter with the police after a distressing discovery of logging damage.)
GREAT POSSESSIONS/Dec. 2020 (One of my heroes, Aldo Leopold, and I share some great possessions. These are even more important to me in this time of covid!)
LILLY/Dec. 2020 (I began volunteering with Western Screech-Owls because I wanted to learn more about them. What I learned, instead, was that the best part of volunteering was the people I’ve met.)
THE NUMEMON: PIŃONERO NOSTALGIA/Jan. 2021 (What does it mean when the “essence” of a landscape is disappearing?)
ORANGE HUMMINGBIRDS, DADDY BILL, AND THE FLOATING PLANKS/May. 2021 (I married into a pioneer ranching family. How lucky we were to experience a “slice of life,” that is now long gone.)
GERMANS SUCK/May 2021 (My entire career and where I have lived depended on a kind gesture by the most brilliant man I ever knew. )
SAINTS AMONG US/November 2021 (Do you ever think about people you have known who have inspired you?) https://birdsandmorenickorte.wordpress.com/2021/11/21/saints-among-us/
THE MOST DIFFICULT BIRD/November 2021 (After five failed attempts over several years, I finally saw a Rosy Thrush-Tanager!)
DON TINO’S STRANGE FRUIT/January 2022 (Why have we been to Cost Rica so often? This blog provides the reasons!)
LA EXTRAÑA FRUTA DE DON TINO/2022 enero (La versión en español del post anterior. ¿Por qué hemos estado en Costa Rica tan a menudo?)
A BAD DAY BIRDING
Our trip to Peru was memorable for many reasons. One day, seemingly comical now, was almost tragic. Some sights were magical, others were devastating. (Here’s an update on the gold mining we saw: Mercury in soils, flora and fauna [including birds] in this region is now 15x background [SCIENCE, Feb. 2022, v. 375]. Don’t buy gold jewelry!)
ZANCUDO MEANS MOSQUITO
I have several locations that are favorites. Here is one!
OXKINTOC, CHACMULTUN AND THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
I suspect we have been among the last to see this part of the Yucatan before it is overcome by too much tourism. We loved the people, the culture, the scenery and the birding.
SHOEMAN, HOW MY DAD TAUGHT ME TO BE A BIRDER
Sometimes it can take a long look back to remember some of my best lessons. Many of my best lessons came from my Dad.
THAT’S DUMB FRED! Where did I realize I would spend hundreds of days backpacking? Especially above timberline? Where was a place I shared with my family, that made me look back and feel, “Yes, we did alright?” Where was my best wilderness fishing? Was there a place after my accident that made me feel, “Yes, I’m back! I did it?” The answer to these questions is “Peggy Lake!”
GROWING UP WORKING Having part-time jobs provided some interesting experiences.