Summary Welcome to my second in-between episode. These are short episodes in between my interview episodes. I’m calling this one Cool Tools – Nature Identification Edition! I’ll cover what I think are great tools to aid you in identifying, and thus, learning about the nature all around us. I cover phone apps and websites, hand … More #6: Cool Tools – Nature Identification Edition
I live in San Jose, and we’re sandwiched in between three large fires, including two of the top three fires ever in California. In fact, 17 of the top 20 California fires of all time have occurred since 2003. While the 2020 fires were started by natural causes – lightning, it is clear that the … More A Quick Note on California’s Historic Wildfire Season
Summary Eddie Dunbar, MBA, is an entomologist, the Founder and President of the Insect Sciences Museum of California, and Adjunct Professor at Merritt College. With 38,000 species of insects in California alone, we need people like Eddie to help make sense of it all. Eddie’s passion is to engage the public with insects so they … More #5: Eddie Dunbar on Getting People Excited about Insects, and Building an Online Community
Summary In this episode I discuss a project I started when the COVID-19 shelter-in-place began. In order to stay in-touch with nature, I decided I’d be more deliberate with investigating my own yard. The timing was perfect – Allen’s and Rufous Hummingbirds were migrating through. This simple decision to spend more backyard time quickly grew … More #4: 365 Backyard Species in 365 Days!?!
What Podcasts do I Listen To? I’m a bit of a podcast addict. My normal daily routine is to wake up around 5 AM, workout, and listen to something interesting while I workout. This gives me about 10 hours of solid listening time each week. So what do I listen to? Here’s a list of … More The Best Nature Podcasts
I’m incredibly excited to announce that my Nature’s Archive podcast has launched! It has taken a lot of work and time, but it’s here! I’m really fortunate to have three great episodes to launch with: Dorian Anderson tells about his incredible story of biking 17830 miles across the USA for discovery of birds and himself … More Nature’s Archive Podcast has Launched!
Summary Jan Hintermeister is a prolific volunteer in many environmental causes and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jan has been a long time field volunteer and served multiple terms as the Board Chair for the non-profit San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. He’s been a County Parks Commissioner, a member of the Santa Clara … More #3: Jan Hintermeister – Volunteering to Grow Your Impact – Show Notes
Summary Matthew Dodder is the Executive Director of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society – but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Matthew’s journey into the world of nature conservation and education began with a blizzard in Massachusetts. Matthew’s journey took him through seminary school and into a career in graphic design and … More #2: Matthew Dodder – From Silicon Valley to Audubon Chapter Director – Show Notes
Summary You might already know Dorian from his epic 2014 Biking for Birds adventure – 17830 miles over 365 days, through blizzards, heat waves and crazy drivers. The goal of this trip was to see as many bird species as possible (called a Big Year) in order to reset his life and simultaneously raise money … More #1: Dorian Anderson – 17830 Miles of Biking for Birds – Show Notes
A 1 Minute Summary of this Post iNaturalist is an amazing web site that has a corresponding phone app. It represents one of the largest and most accessible citizen science projects in the world, and provides you an opportunity to learn from experts. Here is how they describe it: “One of the world’s most popular … More A Newbie’s Guide to iNaturalist