I am a biologist, scientific illustrator, nature writer, and birding guide based in Southern California.

I am an experienced senior-level biological consultant available for work throughout the West and Southwest. Find out more about my background and services:



My experience as a biologist informs my work as a scientific illustrator. I specialize in highly-detailed pen-and-ink renderings of wildlife. View and purchase my work:


Recent Blog Posts

Raptors in Flight Saturday, June 24, 2017 - In response to a question about hawk identification on nextdoor.com (a neighborhood-based social media site), I posted a long discussion about the status of various raptors in our neighborhood. Someone posted a follow-up question about how to tell hawks from falcons in flight. I thought the easiest way to do that would be to post … Continue reading Raptors in Flight
Greater Roadrunner Monday, June 19, 2017 - I see Greater Roadrunners all the time, but only have managed to get good photos once on vacation in Baja California Sur, Mexico. This one almost acted as if it was modeling for me this morning while I was mapping coastal sage scrub in Ventura County. Greater Roadrunners are members of the cuckoo family, and … Continue reading Greater Roadrunner
Recent Projects – June 2017 Friday, June 2, 2017 - As we approach the mid-point of the year, I thought I’d take a moment to summarize what has been a pretty good year for me so far as a biological consultant. The following are projects I have worked on, or am in the process of working on, in 2017. You will understand, of course, that … Continue reading Recent Projects – June 2017
My Big Day Saturday, May 6, 2017 - [Featured image: An Ash-throated Flycatcher was species 75 for the day.] It was just two weeks ago that I ran 26 miles in 90-something degree heat in the hills around Bouquet Reservoir in the Angeles National Forest. While that may sound laudable (or crazy), it was because I was running the Leona Divide 50 trail race, … Continue reading My Big Day
Wilderness Balloons – Chapter 11 – Baden-Powell Blasphemy Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - After working through the weekend, I managed to clear my schedule and took a day off yesterday to go birding in the high country of the San Gabriel Mountains. It was my first trip up there this year, as much of the high country has been closed off to vehicle traffic until last week (as … Continue reading Wilderness Balloons – Chapter 11 – Baden-Powell Blasphemy

I am now the Chiquibul Bird Program Coordinator for Friends for Conservation and Development in Belize.