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         John at Lomax Landing in Antarctica, January 2010

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I have been invited by Mtn Sobek Travel to join their special birding tour to the Galapagos Islands as a guest ornithologist on 9-19 July 2015.  I'll be assisting one of their regular guides on this trip that is especially designed for birders.  We will also have a full day in the Mindo cloud forests on the mainland.  See itinerary with price and contact information at Galapagos Trip.

I was recently awarded a contract with National Audubon Society along with my teammates Alvaro Jaramillo and Floyd Hayes.  We will be writing a model training curriculum for bird guides in the Caribbean and Latin America.  Our focus for this pilot project will be Belize, The Bahamas, Paraguay and Guatemala.  The Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN) of the Inter-American Development Bank along with the International Alliance Program of the National Audubon Society and local partners are funding this exciting project.

I am the new coordinator for Monterey Seabirds pelagic birding trips off Monterey, CA.  We have the best captains in the business and great leaders.  There are still spaces available on our Sept 7 and Nov 9 (half day) at $65, and our regular 8 hour excursions at $130 on Sept 21 and 28, and Oct 5 and 12.  To register, please call the Monterey Whalewatch office at 831 375-4658 or go online at www.montereyseabirds.com

I am working with The Nature Conservancy and Cornell's eBird team to organize birding in flooded rice fields in the Sacramento Valley from fall 2014 through spring 2015.  Come join us in collecting data via eBird for this important conservation science project.  Contact me for details.

I am on the elite fourteen-member Pro Birding Team for Leica Sports Optics and will assist at a few bird festivals each year in California, so come by the booth and attend my field trips to view the fancy optics.  Also check our team blog at http://travelingtrinovid.com daily.

See my blog on my recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii at http://travelingtrinovid.com/leica-sport-optics/leica-stories-around-the-big-island-in-four-days/#.Uxe8Ldy5x9k

My daughter, Natalia, and I were interviewed for the PBS TV show, America's Heartland, with cameo appearances by John Luther, Todd Easterla and Lisa Jorgensen.  We talked about birding in rice fields in the Central Valley.  It first aired on January 23rd, 2013 (episode #819).  Watch the segment online at http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_819/rice_and_wildlife.htm

Colombia Tour in 2015: dates to be determined.  Click on tab above for details.  We'll be looking for recently described species as well as numerous other endemics in the Central Andes region.  This will be a golden opportunity to see quite a few birds that were difficult to impossible to see just a decade ago.  Contact me if you are interested as space is limited.  Restricted to 3-4 participants with Diego Calderon as the local birding guide.

My photos of Large-billed Savannah Sparrow and Alameda Song Sparrow have been published in a great paper on sparrow ecology by my friend and former boss (Russ Greenberg) at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: read the paper at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.474/full

My California County Birding mapping system was cited in Susan Schneider's book, "The Science of Consequences: How they affect genes, change the brain and impact our world", published by Prometheus Books this year.

I was interviewed for the Cache Creek Nature Preserve's multimedia program at http://www.restorerestory.org/storytellers/john-sterling

The next Panama tour will be in 2015. Click on Panama Tour tab above for details.  The tour in 2012 was a great success with 350 species including Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Black-crowned Antpitta, Violaceous Quail-Dove on nest, Pheasant Cuckoo, Sunbittern, Spectacled Owl family, Common Potoo, White-tipped Sicklebill, Tody Motmot, and Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker!  While I cannot promise all of these species, we'll have great opportunities to find them.  See new photos in photo gallery. 

Argentina Tour in 2015: (October/November dates to be determined) in central and NW Argentina with an extra week extension to NE Argentina.  Click on tab above for details.

Philippine Birds: Two-week Smithsonian research trip to Mindanao with two days on Luzon with Matt Brady in March 2012.  See photo gallery.

Back from the coffee growing region in March 2011, the Gayo Highlands of Aceh Province in northern Sumatra.  Matt Brady and I were there on a quick trip (one week) for the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center to see what birds were in the shade coffee plantations.  Bird photos are on a Featured Gallery on my photo gallery page (click on tab above).

I presented my birds and coffee talk at the Pacific Coast Coffee Roasters Association at the Silverado Resort on September 24th, 2010.  This was a wonderfully receptive audience.  I discussed the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center's "Bird Friendly Coffee" program.  See the coffee website at http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/coffee/default.cfm

Back from Cali, Colombia.  See photo gallery. 25 lifers among the many bird species that I saw.  Highlights include Cauca Guan, Multicolored Tanager, Gold-chested Tanager, Crested Ant-Tanager, and Red-ruffed Fruitcrow.

Check out new annotated Trinity County list (CA County Birding tab)

Currently working with Audubon Canyon Ranch on obtaining funding for joint research on heron, egret and ibis ecology and conservation in the Central Valley of California.