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         John at Lomax Landing in Antarctica, January 2011

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Tours planned for 2019 include Boliva in July and Northern Argentina in September. I teach have gull ID and other workshops as well. Will add details soon.

n 2016 I was awarded a contract for a five plus year study of Redheads, Lesser and Greater Scaup populations and distribution throughout California. Just finished my second winter and breeding survey field seasons. So far the results have been interesting....more to come in publications.

Paraguary Tour: FULL 16-31 August  2018

Kenya Tour with James Bradley. 9-23 November 2016. Well over 500 species of birds plus many mammals. FULL

I was awarded two contracts with National Audubon Society along with my teammates Alvaro Jaramillo, Ronna Nelson and Floyd Hayes.  We wrote a model training curriculum for bird guides in the Caribbean and Latin America as well as a marketing plan and materials including itineraries.  Our focus for this pilot project is 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.

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

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

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.