After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o email@example.com with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
Last Thursday, just before the snow hit, I found only one Oak Treehopper on the branch where I had been watching them for two months. I brought her inside for photos - see Nov. 3 post - and wrote her obituary. Yesterday afternoon, in a bitter cold wind, I took another look at that branch and here was another treehopper. A little smaller than the one I photographed Thursday, this one was undoubtedly one of the progeny, probably wondering where all the others went. I brought this one inside for one last photo session, then returned it. I'd love to be able to track these to their winter destinations.
I'm pretty sure this will be the last post of Oak Treehoppers this year.