Category Archives: Writing

My Article on Sparrows was Published, 11-03-19

It was great to see my article (and photos) on sparrows show up in the online edition of the Woodland Daily Democrat newspaper today.

CLICK HERE to read it.

After the article was also published in the West Sacramento News-Ledger, I got this very kind email from a gentleman named John H. He wrote:

“I enjoyed reading your article on Wintertime Sparrow Guests in the newspaper. I usually read all of your articles in the paper. Having read the Ledger for some time, I can say your articles are among the best that they publish. Good luck in you further work.”

That was a welcomed boost-me-up in the morning. Thank you, John!

My Article on the Tuleyome 2020 Naturalist Class was Published

It was nice to see my article on Tuleyome’s 2020 Certified California Naturalist class (#Calnat) appear in two Lake County newspapers this week: The Lake County News and the Lake County Record-Bee.

As part of the coursework, all students participate in a final exam that is set up like a trivia game. Students are put in teams of five, and they answer questions related to the curriculum and species identification modules to win prize packages. I volunteer the time do all of the donations requests for that myself and so far, I’ve been able to build prize packages worth over $500 (retail value) for the 2020 students. Go me!

In-kind donations, so far, have been provided by the National Science Teachers Association, American Birding Association, Inc., Firefly Books, Mary K. Hanson, Grandpa Gus, McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company, MyCarryWell, Nasco, New World Library, Princeton University Press, Raley’s, TickCheck, University Press of Colorado, Watkins Publishing, Workman Publishing Company/ Algonquin, Rite in the Rain, Sounds True, Adventure Publications, Mountaineers Books, Ultimate Survival Technologies, Axol and Friends, Shore Buddies, Cate & Levi, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers/Hachette Book Group and others.

If you would like to donate directly to the program, email me at and I’ll tell you how.

My Article on Oaks Was Published

It was so nice to see my article on Interior Live Oak trees appear online with the Davis Enterprise newspaper today.

You can read it HERE.

It was nice to see the article mentioned in the University of California’s #CalNat program’s Facebook feed (even though my name was spelled wrong. It’s “Hanson”, not “Hansen”. Norwegian.)