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Our annual 10 day adventure to South Texas is timed to blend the Gulf of Mexico spring migration phenomenon with excursions through the distinctive sub-tropical habitats of the Rio Grande Valley to observe unique wildlife, especially the avifauna that exists no where else in the U.S. Birds such as the stunning Green Jay, the plucky…Continue Reading
Spectacular Taiwan from sea level to 10,000+ feet above Guided by Richard Chen (birding@taiwan), Eddie Bartley & Noreen Weeden On this ten day birding adventure with a focus on the 20 plus endemic bird species we explored the exotic and bountiful natural beauty of Taiwan from city parks and lowland marshes through marble gorges to…Continue Reading
July 28, 2015 was one of those rare, warm, delicious evenings in San Francisco. We were working late in our home-office, windows open to the world trying, as many other San Franciscans, to cool our air condition-less house. Open windows after dark seldom occurs in our neighborhood in large part due to the powerful and…Continue Reading
Trip participants on “A South Texas Adventure” (April 2015) Nature Trip post a blog on the Golden Gate Audubon Society web site. Click here to read all about it: A South Texas Adventure 2015 GGAS BlogContinue Reading
Noreen and I have been joining Bob Lewis and Rusty Scalf each June to lead GGAS “Birds of the Sierra” classes so long we cant really remember when the first one was and it is always one of the highlights of our year. The places we visit in Sierra and Plumas counties are some of…Continue Reading
This evening we would end up in a downtown Taipei hotel but first Stone and Richard had a special treat in mind. We headed to the north coast to the fishing village (a small city, really) of Jinshan noted for its Qing-era architecture. It was near noon when we arrived in the bustling village center…Continue Reading
This afternoon was spent traversing north to Wulai, a popular hot springs resort town and another great place for birds. Upon arrival we took a brief walk from our guest house and quickly added a number of good birds to our trip list: Plain Flowerpecker, Bronzed Drongo and very colorful Varied Tits. Other species present…Continue Reading
Crested Serpent Eagles (Spilornis cheela) are the most conspicuous of raptors seen on the island. Throughout the mountains from low to high we often heard and regularly saw this mostly dark broad-winged eagle catching a thermal or deeply flapping. Today we had time for a visit to the Xindian–Guanhsin Wetland area, one of the primary drinking…Continue Reading
Ah, the benefits of modern communications. On or about December 16, 2014 a critically endangered according the the International Union for the Conservation of Nature(IUCN), Siberian Crane showed up seemingly out of nowhere in a northern Taiwan wetland, the island’s first ever record of this species. Our guides (who had seen the juvenile bird numerous…Continue Reading
Early spring in the mountainous reaches of Taiwan where we spent much of our time on this trip, is still a bit too cool for many reptiles and butterflies. We were surprisingly lucky with mammals sightings: all three tree squirrels and wonderful looks at flying monkeys…err, one of three flying squirrel species on the…Continue Reading