For the second consecutive summer, I have stumbled across a Northern Alligator Lizard. Both were discovered in the southernmost end of the province. Both were found in mountainous terrain perhaps 5-800 feet below the tree-line. Using Audubon's Reptiles & Amphibians App, I discovered it is the only lizard that can be found living up to … Continue reading As luck would have it!
I had the most difficult time grouping my wildflower & butterfly photos, because a butterfly most often poses for only the briefest moment on a flower in bloom. So here they are, all grouped together in one place, perhaps in the way nature has always intended it. Here are a few more photos from the … Continue reading Wildflowers, Butterflies & Various Flora
It was another great year at the MSQ! And while the weather was colder and wetter than we would have liked, the company of old & new astronomy friends kept us warm and entertained between the nights that we could observe. The final Sunday impromptu Christian group sing-along with guitar, banjo and harp were sweet … Continue reading Another great year at the Merritt Star Quest!
It was time to revisit an area I had gone rockhounding in near the Chilcotin area where I had seen some lovely hawks & and my first Great Grey Owl last year. During my previous visit I had been searching for opal & agate on a steep rocky outcrop high above the logging road when … Continue reading Rockhounding, Raptors, & some very Rare nighthawk observations near the Chilcotin.
An early summer camping & birding trip to Okanagan Falls Provincial Park Campground this year proved to be one of my more memorable adventures as my birdwatching interest began to seriously deepen. Within a week, I managed to list almost 60 different species of birds, a huge first in my 5 year gradual seduction into … Continue reading The First Adventure of the “Nighthawk Whisperer”
Here are a few pictures from this last month of birding & an update to my nightjar surveying adventures. After completing 6 nightjar surveys, my curiosity about these mysterious birds deepened. According to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, subspecies map page 552, the Chordeiles Minor, sp. Minor, have a … Continue reading It’s been an awesome month for birding, and for the Nightjars!
Sadly, this years (2016) Other Officially Unofficial Star Party was a complete bust. Between fickle weather and the differing needs of our secret membership, we were officially unable to gather. Also, the Loon Lake observing site is about to get a fully lit truck stop with charging stations for electric vehicles, so it looks like … Continue reading Not to be missed- next years OOUSP…
I had never heard of a “star party” before. I had just renewed a childhood interest in viewing the night sky back in the early 1990’s, and had recently bought an old used 4.5 inch Tasco newtonian reflector from the second hand store. It was my second time viewing with a few people from the … Continue reading Star Party: Lost & Found – from the memoires of an amateur astronomer..