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.
We parked near the same tree that hosted the Red-breasted Sapsucker on Monday - see previous post. He wasn't there, so we inspected the tree. Boy, was he busy! And probably took a geometry course. Very systematic work. I haven't studied birds much, so I aim to find out - by observation and/or reading - whether the bird is eating sap and just mining sap to catch insects. There were a number of small flies and ants either consuming sap or becoming trapped in it. The tree seemed no worse for the wear, and the sap tasted pretty sweet.