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.
Just as I was thinking about catching up on posting my sightings of the past few days, the first Chorus Frog of the spring jumped in front of me. I still need to catch up on findings from recent Oakland Camp hikes, a trip down the Feather River Canyon, and yesterday's hike on the Cascades Trail. Now this. He/she appeared on my back deck, but I thought the Marigolds in the front yard made a better background. This is the Pacific Chorus Frog, Pseudacris regilla, formerly known as the Pacific Tree Frog, Hyla regilla. Sometimes they're green. I'm sure I'll be posting more photos of this beautiful frog, always trying to create the perfect one.