Oct 072018
 
The “Running” List for 2018 – September Update

I targeted specific species on nearly every run in September, and I struck out pretty much every time, from the somewhat common Ruby-throated Hummingbird that had been seen around the U.S. Botanic Garden in migration; several Red-headed Woodpecker in a couple locations; and a Black-headed Gull—a rare visitor from Europe—that is attracting throngs of birdwatchers […]

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Jul 122017
 
Montezuma's Revenge: A Quail of a Tale

In the Davis Mountains of remote west Texas, I finally overcame a multi-year bout of “Montezuma’s Revenge.” Eight years, in fact. I first succumbed to the ailment in Southeastern Arizona. Three years later, it flared up again on my second trip to the region. While it was most intense in the grassy pinewoods of the […]

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Aug 152016
 
DC Sightseeing: The Lion Statues of the Nation's Capital

What comes to mind when I say “Washington, D.C.”? Aside from politically-charged phrases like “gridlock” and “senatorial quagmire,” I imagine it’s, like me, landmarks like the U.S. Capitol, White House and Washington Memorial. These architectural icons symbolize the beating heart of the Free World. When I moved to D.C., to which I am obligated, as a […]

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Jun 102015
 
Cold-blooded Volkswagens: Seeking Leatherback Turtles in Trinidad

It was a warm evening even though the sun had disappeared behind the marine horizon hours prior. Thickly vegetated trees—faintly illuminated by the incandescent porch lights—swayed gently in the sea breeze. The waves rhythmically massaged the stretch of sand on the dark, unseen beach beyond, a beach we’d driven three hours to visit, at night. […]

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Jun 012015
 
Sh-t that wouldn't fly back Home: Trinidad and Tobago Edition

This is a regular series where I go to the farthest reaches of the globe, walk around, observe daily life, eat some food, maybe take some photos, and say “wow, that shit would not fly back home.” It sounds elitist and dismissive, but it’s quite the opposite. If I haven’t expressed some sort of disbelief […]

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May 232015
 
Trading Juncos for Jacobins: Birdathon Goes South in 2015

“Oh, you’re trying to find as many species as possible today?” I was a bit stupefied when these words came out of the mouth of our Trinidadian guide. It was early afternoon, a full eight hours into our Birdathon, and it appeared that the foundational strategy for the 24-hour challenge hadn’t yet sunk in. Toby […]

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