Aloha to the Pacific Golden Plover

When you travel over 6000 miles non stop, of course you want your own patch of grass. Actually, you deserve it. This deserving avian wonder is the Pacific Golden Plover (or Hawai’ian Kolea)—a petite… Continue reading

This is what Antelope Island looks like in October

It was quiet and the Great Salt Lake was as still as glass. I may have counted about four cyclists on the whole island, and there weren’t a whole lot of cars. Most… Continue reading

This is how I ended up becoming a birder

When I was a little girl my mother gave me a sticker book for my birthday that was all about birds. I don’t remember much about it except the Chickadee. I learned that… Continue reading

Naked Germans and screaming monkeys make birding in Tikal exciting!

Well, the birds are exciting too. It’s just that I didn’t plan on the naked Germans in our hotel pool and the screaming spider monkeys that were terrified out of their minds while… Continue reading

Life at Crooked Tree in Belize

Tired. Exhausted. Dirt under my fingernails. More than my share of mosquito bites. We were on our way to the airport in Belize to go home after our two-week adventure. Our first week… Continue reading

A Warbler Conspiracy

It was April 2010 when Steve and I were canoeing down the Macal River in Belize and where I saw my first Prothonotary Warbler. Eric, our guide, excitedly pointed out the colorful yellow… Continue reading

For the love of brine flies, brine shrimp and phalaropes

Today’s post is by a guest blogger–my husband, Steve (a.k.a. WikiSteve, as I like to call him). He visited Antelope Island a couple of days ago and said the magic words to me:… Continue reading

A girl in pursuit of army ants. (Actually, I didn’t want to seem like a wimp.)

We had just left the Canopy Tower in Panama and were driving down the steep winding road when Steve slowed our car down as we approached a truck that was pulled over to… Continue reading

Oh little birds, why must you hide from me?

I’m into my fourth year of true “birding” and it’s taken awhile for me to really understand what a “rare bird” is, aside from someone just saying, “this is a rare bird.” I… Continue reading

Finding the Right Guide is No Accident: Interview with a Panamanian Bird Guide

I came down the stairs at the Canopy Bed and Breakfast where Steve and I were staying in Gamboa, Panama and found Steve and a stranger looking through binoculars at a bird in… Continue reading