I'm a herpetologist by training but a naturalist at heart. My masters thesis is looking into the Panamint alligator lizard, Elgaria panamintina. In particular I'm focusing on identifying its range and testing out a variety of novel techniques which may benefit the field of herpetology as a whole. I post things that interest me and often post updates on what I'm doing in the vertebrate museum, in the field, or in the lab.
Just heard back from the company and they say there’s space available so I’m going to go ahead and book a spot on a pelagic out of half moon bay on May 4th.
I’ll be in the bay area the 2nd and 3rd for the CSU state research competition (presenting my research on Elgaria identification)… and figured… why not. I’ll be sort of near by, and can just book a hotel room for the night in that area.
I haven’t been on a pelagic birding trip before… so it should be fun (and hopefully not sea-sick-y).
Going to try for the marsh sandpiper tomorrow before work. It was spotted Wed. evening and well seen today, hopefully the people didn’t spook it and it can be seen tomorrow. Goal of arriving right around sunup means leaving here around 430.
Amazing year for rare shorebirds in CA so far…
I didn’t think I’d break 200 in January… and I just broke 250!
I had my lifer townsend’s solitare today, which was spectacular and we were able to get a visiting New York state birder his lifer yellow-billed magpie.
We ended the Butte County Big Day with a short-eared owl, making today’s bird total 112 species.
Yesterday’s Yuba County Big Day netted a little over 80 species.
By the way- two big days in a row is rough. Really really rough, but the spectacular birding was… spectacular.