A lot of good butterfly stuff happened in 2023, thanks in large part to your efforts. Last month we celebrated Jeff Glassberg’s discovery of White-tufted Sootywing (Pholisora albicirrus), which is a new member of New Mexico’s butterfly fauna. Other naturalists generated two additional New Mexico state record butterflies in 2023. Observations for each were made public via iNaturalist and each provoked a substantial online conversation about the correct identity and the significance of the observation. Read on for details.
There’s always something happening outdoors on the Pajarito Plateau!
How did I come to illustrating and journaling? When my daughter’s son was about 5, she had written a story for him. She asked me one day if I would illustrate it. “I can’t do that. I don’t have the skill!” was my reply. She had responded “Yes you can!” With great misgivings I did it! She was the one that pushed me to do what I believed was unthinkable. We all need someone like that!
Enter technology in the form of a free app…Merlin ID. The purpose is to help answer the question “What’s that bird?” through visual sightings(2014, photos you take (2017), and now audio sounds (2021). Designed by the folks at the Cornell Institute of Ornithology, along with some help from Caltech, its accuracy continues to improve through observational data input from over 5000 users using artificial intelligence to refine the entries.
My February blog was on the Mythology of Trees. Selvi Viswanathan contacted me and said, “In India they worship trees.” This intrigued me because I had made the statement “worship of trees was worldwide.” I was only familiar with the Celtic tribes because I had traveled to Ireland…
Read about Steve’s latest adventures viewing Monarchs in California.