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.
Spined Woodborer, Ergates spiculatis, a 2-inch long Cerambycid beetle with awesome jaws was on the floor beneath our ping pong table. My son put it in a jar and thought it was dead. When I got home from another visit to Dellinger's Pond, he showed me the beetle, and when I picked it up it started to squeak and flail about with its antennae and legs. Then my wife took over the camera and made a little video of me giving an impromptu lesson about the critter. Fun. The video is not ready for a premiere by any means, but it whetted the appetite for refining our skills and making short video clips for this blog.