March 13, 2021

Get vaccinated as soon as possible and keep your chin up!

 Hello boating friends,

As many of you know, when I'm not mucking about on boats or looking at birds....I teach classes about our immune system and Covid-19.

I recently made a video to express my current optimism with the pandemic. 

We are beginning to see data come in that suggests the new variants may not pose as big of a threat as previously feared. Of course, it isn't time to pound our chests or plant a victory flag....but at the same time, it is okay to start feeling good about the future. 

I share my thoughts in the video below. 

March 2, 2021

Loggerhead Shrike in Anza Borrego State Park

Saw this very cool bird on top of an Ocotillo cactus along Fish Creek Wash in Anza Borrego State Park.

Loggerhead Shrike

This bird is famous for impaling small mammals against the spines of cactus. A carnivorous passerine...

They call this bird, the butcherbird.

Check this video of the shrike's handiwork. It has impaled about 10 horned lizards on a cactus. 

credit:unknown (clearly not my photo, because the quality is too good....)