Birding: Greetings from Africa!

Birding: Greetings from Africa!

As crazy as it sounds (it is hard for even me to believe,) I am in Tanzania right now! Gayla and I flew here late last week to join Prescott resident, Walt Anderson, a naturalist, photographer, artist and former professor at Prescott College. We have only been here a...
Birding: Birding road trip to southeastern Arizona is fruitful

Birding: Birding road trip to southeastern Arizona is fruitful

Each day, I receive rare-bird email alerts through eBird. I enjoy looking through the emails each day to see what other people are finding around the state. I don’t typically drop everything and chase rare birds…but sometimes, the temptation is just too great....
Birding: Protect the environment — don’t spray those weeds!

Birding: Protect the environment — don’t spray those weeds!

Our summer monsoons have been such a blessing. However, sometimes our blessings can also result in challenges. What kinds of challenges can an abundance of rain bring? Weeds — and lots of them! As a naturalist, I enjoy the profusion of growth of all of the different...
Birding: Two very different trips — with a lot of similarities

Birding: Two very different trips — with a lot of similarities

Over the last two weeks, I have been on two really enjoyable trips. The first was a driving trip from Prescott to southwestern Colorado, about 15 miles north of Dolores. What an absolutely beautiful area — it was so green, and there was water everywhere!! This trip...
Birding: The month of August ushers in peak hummingbird activity

Birding: The month of August ushers in peak hummingbird activity

I love the month of August. Growing up as a child in Tucson I always loved the summer monsoon season. This year’s monsoon is certainly off to a good start — so far, we have received 5.10 inches of rain at our home! August is certainly a time of tremendous transition...
Birding: Monsoon season creates second-spring conditions

Birding: Monsoon season creates second-spring conditions

I have been thoroughly enjoying our summer monsoon rains. I find myself being somewhat envious of other parts of town that seem to be getting more rain than we are at our home. There have been many times when I have seen how dark the sky is to the east of us, and I...