Nature, and especially birds, have always held a special fascination for me and I have always enjoyed sharing the natural world with others. One way of sharing is by teaching and writing. I teach the Field Ornithology course in the Biology Department at the University of Oregon. While I very much love teaching this, I also very much enjoy sharing the world of birds with an interested public, not just Biology majors. I teach classes and workshops that are just for fun to anyone who wants to participate. I also give many public lectures about birds around the state of Oregon.

Another way of sharing is by writing and introducing people to some of the fascinating facts about birds that they may not have otherwise encountered. Each month I write a column for our local newspaper, The Register Guard. It’s called Backyard Habitats and tells people about the nature they can discover in their own backyard or nearby. I will be placing some of those articles here on this blog so that they can be available to a wider audience. I will also use this blog to share with you some of the special adaptations and behaviors found in birds and other species in nature.

The natural world is immensely interesting and there are always new things to learn. I hope you will find some of the things I share here to be of interest to you as well and I hope you will share new ideas and questions with me.




  1. I so appreciate the articles that you have in the Register Guard. There are a lot of turkey vultures where I live on north River Road close to Thistledown. After reading your article about them I have a whole new appreciation of them.

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