What’s An Avostilt?

I’ll never forget when in 2003 I first heard the expression “Avostilt”. The San Diego County Bird Atlas needed images of Elegant Terns and author Phil Unitt introduced me to the biology team monitoring the tern colonies at the south end of San Diego Bay. Elegant Terns had recently colonized the narrow dams separating the … Read more

Mammal Atlas Photo Credits

I received my copy of the San Diego County Mammal Atlas last Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Prior to this I’d seen only the individual species accounts that comprise the main body of the book. There was a gala at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, preceded by a meet-and-greet VIP session at … Read more

A New Project With “The Nat”

The San Diego Natural History Museum’s Science Team has long been working a project called the “Mammal Atlas“. I’ve been working with this team on other projects and it’s always been a rewarding experience for me. I learn a lot! Last week I began to help with this undertaking by contributing my own photos as … Read more

Blue Grosbeak (Bird Of The Day)

Introducing a new series Its been on my mind to recently that I could do a better job of bringing attention to some of the birds in my Bird Gallery. What I plan is a series that I will call “Bird For Today”. This is the first posting on this series. Many scientists consider the Blue Grosbeak … Read more