Helped Out a Fellow Naturalist, 09-10-21

In my email today, I got a follow up message from a fellow named Lauren de Boer.  He had written to me in March:

“I am currently taking the citizen naturalist certification course and decided to focus on oaks. I’ve run across you name many times in the course of my research. You are prolific! And the quality of your photography is impressive. There is one photo where you are holding two live oak leaves for comparison that would be very helpful for the pocket guide to oaks I am creating. Would it be possible to have permission to use the photo? Since the guide will be for print and online, I would need a hi res version.”

I gave him permission to use the photo — and whatever other photos he’d like to use — and today he says:

Thank you again for the use of the photo of oak leaves. The Pocket Guide to Northern California Oaks is finished and has been printed. Now I’d like to send you copy in gratitude for your contribution.”

Cool! I’m looking forward to seeing it and I’m so happy that I was able to assist an other naturalist with their capstone project.

Doves at the House Part 2, 09-10-21

The Eurasian Collared Doves are still maintaining the nesting site in the palm tree in the backyard. I set out a little bit of seed for them so they don’t have to go far to eat something. I know the finches and jays will probably eat most of it, but they’ll leave the millet for the doves.

Here’s a video snippet of one of the parents on the nest. Mom and dad both incubate the eggs, and I can’t tell the sexes apart in this species.

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Species List:

  • Eurasian Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
  • Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana