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.
Ever since I was a first-grader living on 3 acres in Massachusetts, I've been tipping over small rocks, pieces of bark, and small logs to see what might be living underneath. This morning, in the vicinity of Bear Creek Falls, the ground was still frozen for the most part, but there were a few signs of animal life - a slow-moving banana slug, a salamander, and lots of ladybugs. Just as we were about to leave the area, I saw one more tempting log. When I tipped it over, Voila! A nice-looking Black Widow Spider. It was nice to be with a few people who like spiders.