The Vibrant, Vivacious, Varied Thrush

With the look of a particularly flamboyant robin, the varied thrush (Izoreus naevius) is an eye-catching part-time resident in California forests. This colorful male, spotted by one Read More…

American Dippers Defy Songbird Stereotypes

Songbirds aren’t typically thought of as water-loving fowl, but the American dipper (Cinculus mexicanus) breaks from that stereotype. Living almost exclusively on flowing streams, this species is Read More…

Bird Bonanza: Sooty Shearwater Migration

Mid-summer to mid-fall is a time when our Santa Cruz office and the rest of the Monterey Bay witnesses the arrival of thousands of international visitors. These Read More…

Some Like it Orange

When it comes to color in the bird world, it’s hard to beat the vibrant, flame-orange feathers of the Bullock’s oriole (Icterus bullockii), which one of our Read More…

Photo Friday: Smolt Spy Surprise

We regularly perform maintenance on automated fish counting systems, such as the Smolt Spy we built for Los Padres Reservoir, to make sure they are running well. Read More…

You’re in Heron Territory

While quietly kayaking down a calm stretch of river, you may be unaware that you are in the presence of a heron, until suddenly from downstream you Read More…