For more than two million years we evolved outside, in Nature, driven by our instincts. Over the last several thousand years, our newly conscious minds have tried to reconcile the conflict among the demands of civilization, social expectations, and our ancient, wild selves. Yet despite our best efforts, the conflict persists, causing many of the…

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On May 27, legendary birder and field ornithologist Guy McCaskie recorded his 500th species in San Diego County, a Hudsonian Godwit spotted on the tidal mudflats at the mouth of the San Diego River. Five hundred! Everyone was amazed but no one was surprised. After all, Mr. McCaskie is credited with transforming California (and eventually…

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We humans seem to have a fascination with our fellow animals, especially the adorable, colorful, or majestic. For the citizen scientists among us (our members and readers!), that fascination is also fueled by the complexity, novelty, and intricate interweaving of life and habitat.  Two groups of animals often go ignored or unappreciated. They live in…

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Join BVAS for our Monthly General Meeting: This March, if rains have graced the Anza-Borrego Desert, an explosion will occur. Blooms of lily, primrose, and sand verbena will blanket the valley floor. Neon-colored Sphinx Moth caterpillars then emerge to decapitate the flowers. And thousands of Swainson’s Hawks will divert from their 6,000-mile migration to feast…

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The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a Caribbean cultural melting pot renowned for its Carnival, pulsating to the beat of steel drums, soca music, and calypso. But it’s nature at its finest that draws us in; it’s colorfully kaleidoscopic.   The size of Delaware, the two-island nation off Venezuela’s coast is home to 482…

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