2017-08-07 Warner Valley With The SDNHM Team

The science team from the San Diego Natural History team have taken on a project to survey the biology at several inland wetland areas. I missed out on the previous trip to the San Felipe Valley due to personal projects at home. I’m preparing to get underway for a rather long excursion through the intermountain … Read more

2017 June: Elf Owls In Riverside County

  These sparrow sized owls are listed as “endangered” in California. It is believed that the Lower Colorado River is the limit of their range in California. That makes their presence in the Mojave Desert exciting. There won’t be any descriptions of nesting locations given in this document. On the two evenings when I saw … Read more

San Diego County Mammal Atlas Goes To Press

The process of getting the Mammal Atlas to print has been long and arduous, made longer by all the checks and balances required along the way. There are 122 mammal species described in the book and the work has been divided between 48 authors. Several of the authors contributed multiple species accounts. Artists contributed line … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs (Part 2)

On my previous post I shared images of the players in the Rat Theater, but I also had some nice avian encounters during this expedition. Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves and House Finches were numerous at the water hole in the front yard of the house we’d been provided by the park services. We had Say’s Phoebes, … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs

From June 12th to the 20th, the San Diego Natural History Museum science team focused their mission on Cottonwood Springs and the Pinto Basin at the southeastern corner of Joshua Tree National Park. I had my 50th High School reunion to attend, but joined the group on the 15th and stayed to the end. The … Read more

2017 June in Joshua Tree National Park

My trip to Joshua Tree National Park was not without its surprises. I promised to wait one month before speaking of one of them, but there is a good reason for the delay. I’m sure you’ll agree when I finally get permission to speak about it. My friend Sula found a seed pod in doing … Read more

2017-06-01 Nesting at Border Field

I drove down to Border Field this morning and met with the biology team surveying the California Least Terns (endangered) and Western Snowy Plovers (threatened). Both species struggle with habitat issues. The coastal beaches and wetlands they require for nesting have been decimated by human development. I’m not sure if I made any worthwhile captures, … Read more

2017-05-28 Red Hill At The Salton Sea

Travelling south after my expedition with the San Diego Natural History Museum to Horse Thief Springs (read more of that trip HERE) in the Mojave Desert, I could not bring myself into a bee-line for home. I thought a pass by the Salton Sea might be worthwhile. When I travel, I try to find highways I’ve … Read more

2017-05-23~27 Horse Thief Springs

The Bird and Mammal team from the San Diego Natural History Museum launched an expedition nearly 300 miles north to the north-east flanks of the Kingston Mountains, about 75 miles south of Death Valley and 12 miles from the Nevada border at a site called Horse Thief Springs. Our plan was to stay for eight … Read more

2017-04-19 El Centro and the Round-Tailed Ground Squirrel

  My involvement with the San Diego County Mammal Atlas project made me aware of the Round-Tailed Ground Squirrel species. Prior to this I had not a clue about this small rodent. The images that were submitted for the project were nice enough, but lacked pixel resolution and were not shot with a long lens … Read more