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Postcards from a Freegan Raccoon

If I had a photography motto it might be "follow the crows." As sentries of the canopy, crows know what's going on. So I pay attention. If it mattered at all to crows, they could tell me who shattered my car window last month and who stole our Christmas tree (with decorations) back in 1995. What obviously does interest crows is those pesky interlopers, especially during prime nesting season. Around here, that interloper is most often a Bald Eagle. [...]

2018-02-13T04:14:50+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Blog, Mammals, Pollution, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Raptors Are The Solution (RATS)

Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) grew from the grassroots of my home turf -- Berkeley and the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area). The mission of RATS is to get anticoagulant rodenticides off the shelves. And, in affiliation with Earth Island Institute, they're working with cities and counties in California to adopt resolutions which discourage the sales of these dangerous products. RATS formed in 2011 after the founders discovered dead, juvenile Cooper's Hawks in their [...]

2013-03-30T13:08:37+00:00 March 30th, 2013|Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Solutions|5 Comments

Studies in Godwit

Every so often, I get a request for 'derivative works' permission -- usually from a wildlife artist who wants to use a photo as the foundation for a painting or print. I particularly love it when the work is used to benefit an animal cause ... like this painting of a Brown Pelican I photographed in San Francisco. Artist Dan Kent created an ink and watercolor version as part of a wildlife benefit during the [...]

2012-10-04T23:38:53+00:00 October 4th, 2012|Birds, Ecology, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|5 Comments

Bird Rescue, Fishing Gear & Existential Inquiries

This post is (or will be) a rambling confluence of a few different stories. Back in June, I posted about a Brown Pelican I saw flying over Bolsa Chica at dusk. I photographed the bird in silhouette as it trailed a triple-hook fishing lure from its pouch. I obviously have no way of knowing what will happen to the pelican I saw in that flyover, but in my Facebook feed today, I saw [...]

2012-10-01T18:54:31+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Birds, Hunting, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

The Deafening Sound of Man

My title here derives from a quote in this article about Dr. Bernie Krause: "A great silence is spreading over the natural world even as the sound of man is becoming deafening. Little by little the vast orchestra of life, the chorus of the natural world, is in the process of being quietened. There has been a massive decrease in the density and diversity of key vocal creatures, both large and small. The sense of [...]

2012-09-10T11:19:20+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Ecology, Issues, Pollution, Uncategorized|2 Comments

What We Are …

The post title derives from a Flickr friend who wrote this comment below my photo: "A sobering reminder of what we are . . ." I will add that what we are doesn't necessarily foretell what we become. :)   Against a scrim of Northwestern mist, the barge SeaLink Rigger chugs toward a scrap metal yard in the Port of Tacoma. I photographed from Marine View Drive, just past Browns Point, as the vessel headed toward [...]

2012-08-09T12:18:46+00:00 August 9th, 2012|Pollution, Uncategorized, Urban|2 Comments

The Hook-and-Plastic Club for Birds

Edited on 6/12/12 to add a few links and resources. This was my last shot of the night. Under a California sky, I saw my favorite silhouettes on approach ... those pterodactyl forms, Brown Pelicans, gliding past the fallen sun. Knowing I would get just the barest outline of a pelican, I raised my lens anyway, finding it impossible not to photograph these big birds I miss so much up here in the Northwest. As [...]

2012-06-13T21:42:13+00:00 June 13th, 2012|Hunting, Pollution, Uncategorized|9 Comments

Sky Lanterns … and Tangential Links to Wildlife

If you stretch it, there's a wildlife tie-in with just about every human contrivance. But in this case, I was actually avoiding wildlife connections -- taking a break from the stress of nestlings, fledglings, entanglements and predation. My goal was moonrise over the Space Needle ... a moonrise scheduled for 11pm. As luck would have it, the promontory I chose was also the destination of the Quirky Hat Photography Club. I counted one Panama hat, [...]

2012-05-08T22:15:41+00:00 May 8th, 2012|Pollution|2 Comments

Derelict Nets & Entangled Birds

Note: All gulls pictured in this post, and other trapped birds were freed from the netting. Follow Up on 10/21/11: I phoned today and learned that an official went out to this net, confirmed what we saw in terms of bird entanglement, and holes in the net have apparently been fixed as a temporary measure, although I'm anxious to check up on the gulls myself. I was told the Westport seafood company responsible for these [...]

2011-10-19T13:48:29+00:00 October 19th, 2011|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|7 Comments

If Orcas Could Buy Sofas …

Orcas can't, of course, pick out sofas. But if they could, they would tell you that their survival may depend on the product and furniture choices we make -- and the industries we support in the process. The orcas of the Salish Sea, who regularly cross the international boundary between Washington State and British Columbia, are among the most PCB-contaminated marine mammals in the world (Ross, Fireproof Killer Whales). They also harbor high levels of [...]