I AM A HIGHLY-EXPERIENCED CONSULTING BIOLOGIST, WILDLIFE ARTIST, AND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND WORKING THROUGHOUT THE WESTERN UNITED STATES.

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Background image: photo from my April 2017 work at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon, after which I authored a 104-page wildlife assessment as part of the park’s management plan update process.

Recent Blog Posts

Bird Notes: January 2019 Monday, February 4, 2019 - Los Angeles County Life List As noted in my end of the year blog post, it is a goal of mine (likely an impossible one) to boost my Los Angeles County life list of bird species observed to 400. I started the year at 302. I brought the total to 310 by the end of … Continue reading Bird Notes: January 2019
Turning the Page Friday, January 4, 2019 - I’ve never fully endorsed new year’s resolutions, opting instead to try for continuous self improvement. I’m not saying I always achieve that, but I do try. That being said (er, written), the start of a new year is a good time to review what has been accomplished and to set goals that have a time … Continue reading Turning the Page
That Jurt Like Jell: My Javelina Jundred Story Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - [Featured image: Overwhelmed with emotion at the finish line of the Javelina Jundred. Photo by the incomparable Howie Stern.] A 100 mile trail race is much more than just the event itself. It’s a journey. It’s the decision to enter the event. It’s the long training process. It’s life that happens along the way. It’s … Continue reading That Jurt Like Jell: My Javelina Jundred Story
Vetter Mountain Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - [Featured image: A carpet of clouds near Red Box in the Angeles National Forest.] I did not set out on Sunday to add a new chapter to the San Gabriel Trails Project. I set out to break free from my running malaise, brought on by flat and often repetitive routes that I had been running … Continue reading Vetter Mountain
The Fine Art of Voluntary Adversity Thursday, August 23, 2018 - [Featured image: The runner I am pacing finds a second wind at mile 92 of the Kodiak 100.] Every one of us that toes the line at an ultramarathon gets asked at some point why we do what we do. We all have our own reasons, but there is a seemingly common thread: this sport, … Continue reading The Fine Art of Voluntary Adversity

2017 was an exciting year that included completion of a wildlife assessment for Smith Rock State Park in Oregon and a Pygmy Rabbit survey on a large area of BLM-managed lands in northern Nevada.

[Background image: a member of my survey team looks out over the on-coming terrain during the Pygmy Rabbit survey in Humboldt County, Nevada, September 2017.]