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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The soil is definitely warming. A brief hike up Boyle Ravine revealed these critters hiding under pieces of bark. The beetle, one of many insect species commonly called Stink Bugs, is in the Family Tenebrionidae. Another name for them is Darkling Beetles. SpellCheck doesn't know that word. Oh, well. Then I found two species of Millipedes. There was at least one millipede under practically every piece of bark I turned over. I always return them to their original position so the bugs can live out their life cycles as well as provide other photo ops throughout the summer. The Tulip, sporting a handsome fly (oxymoron?), was one I threw away when we were thinning last fall, but it came back and is thriving on a pile of woodstove ashes and providing a landing spot for insects. I guess I'll start watering it and give it another lease on life.