Balancing Birding and Family: A Juggling Act

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  I know I risk this entry being called an advice column, which it is NOT. Many birders don’t want to talk about family obligations and how difficult it is to maintain our passion/sport/hobby and still manage relationships!  Couples have foundered, children have been neglected, ageing parents haven’t been visited — all because we wanted… Read more »

Tales from a Sewage Treatment Plant

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Tales from a Sewage Treatment Plant – Looking back through my journal, I find certain days stand out.  Since shore bird season is upon us, and birding at the Goleta Sewage Treatment Plant is one of the best places to go, let’s step back in time to a day almost exactly 15 years ago. AUGUST… Read more »

El Nino: Pick A Prediction! July 22, 2014

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  I have been following several news reports about signs that El Niño conditions may be building in waters off South America. As you may recall from the chapter on weather in my recent book, ENSO events (El Niño/Southern Oscillation as they are properly called) originate in the tropical eastern Pacific off Peru.  Eventually, they… Read more »

June 6, 2014 – Drought Takes Toll on Favorite Birding Spot: Bates Road Bridge at Rincon Creek

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  One of my favorite spring birding spots is the stone bridge over Rincon Creek.  The creek runs along the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line; it’s a thick riparian corridor there, and the best place for observation is from the stone bridge along Bates Road. Tall sycamores lean right over the bridge.  Willows grow in a dense… Read more »

My Great Day At Morro Bay – May 20, 2014

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Yesterday I drove to Morro Bay.  It was typical spring weather, with a strong northwest wind blowing cloud shadows over the morros.  These hills, which form a series of rocky outcrops beginning with Morro Rock and ending near San Luis Obispo, are really ancient “plugged” volcanoes that used to be much higher.  They formed a… Read more »