2017-05-17 Nesting Season At The South Bay Saltworks

  It’s always a good day when visiting the nesting sites at the Saltworks, especially when it includes spending time with wildlife biologists Brian, Robert, Lea and Kate. On my way down to the rendezvous with the biology team this morning I made a pass by the mudflats at J Street, hoping to get the … Read more

2017-02-11 The Rocky Islands: Boots On The Ground

This was an exciting day for us and would be our first contact with terra firma in three days. We’d travelled approximately halfway down the Baja peninsula. Our time on these rocky islands was brief. And while few expected ground-breaking science to precipitate this day, but I realized how eager all our members were to … Read more

American Dipper

Also known as a Water Ouzel, the American Dipper forages under water in fast moving streams and rivers. Though capable of airborne flight, these birds are not known to migrate and can be found in western North America from Alaska to Central America. I’ve seen but one nest of this bird, but from what I’ve … Read more

Trumpeter Swan

The Trumpeter Swan is the largest bird in North America by body mass. Males can weigh up to 38 pounds, be up to six feet in length (bill to tail) with wings that span 10 feet (according to Wikipedia). My most memorable meetings with this grand bird were first in Alaska and more recently in eastern Oregon. Typically … Read more

2015-06-09 Ken Denman Reserve

One of the most pleasant and personally rewarding episodes for me on this expedition was the stay I had with my nephew and his family in southern Oregon. I hadn’t really been able to spend time with Chris and his family until this visit. Chris did not know well his dad (my brother) and  now … Read more

2015-05-27 Bitterroot Valley, Days 4 and 5

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville Montana in the Bitterroot Valley sits along the Bitterroot River about 25 miles from where it empties into the Clark Fork River in Missoula. There are grassy fields, small lakes, meandering streams, marshes and riparian areas. Great Blue Herons nest in the taller trees. Ospreys nest on erected … Read more