Details of my Background

Born in 1952 in the middle of nine children, son of a carpenter (dad) and an avid reader (mom) I first remember thinking of a career as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park on one of several undated trips my family took there, sometimes spending an entire week. We camped 13 weekends in a row one summer, after a near-tragedy at Zuma Beach when two uncles and some sons, including two of my brothers, we swept into the Pacific by the rip tide. Fortunately, the Coast Guard picked up those who didn't make it to shore on their own. Obviously, we liked camping and the beach.

That first birding trip, in October 1966, in Florida during a camping trip, mentioned in my last blog, sparked my interest in birds. I would see a few hundred species before attending college and majoring in Zoology and later Botany as detailed above. At the University of Arkansas (1970-1974), I met Dr. Douglas James, an avian ecologist, who drew my interests into a rather new statistical field, multivariate analysis. For many years, I've summarized his and his student's research by saying, "By measuring 17 habitat characteristics as variables, such as number of trees in 1/10 acre in different size classes, number of twigs per acre at breast height, percent ground and canopy cover, etc., you can determine that a Mockingbird sings from the top of a tree.

However, for reasons listed in my autobiography, "Windsong," my life would take me through 44 jobs, to date. I added a new one this year: using mostly English to teach art to children in China. Dad was a carpenter with nine, so my college life was something I had to figure out independently. Later, I'd get into sales, construction, teaching community college, courses, driving a bus, working in an intensive care unit in a hospital, as a janitor elsewhere, and so on. Eventually, I'd return to the U of A (1989-1991) for a master's in botany. This led to a nearly 17 year career in the US Forest Service, first as a field botanist/ecologist on the Sylamore Ranger District, Ozark National Forest, then in South Carolina at the Savannah River Site, eight years on the Kisatchie National Forest, and a few years as regional ecologist for the Southern Region.

My time in the US Forest Service allowed me to publish a chapter in a book on Carex sedges of the Kisatchie and a chapter in a book on managing mammals in the Southern Region which covers Texas and Oklahoma, east through Kentucky to Virginia and south to Puerto Rico. I've lived about 20 years in Arkansas, eight in Louisiana, seven in California, five in Kentucky, a few in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and a grand total of 22 weeks scattered across China, mostly in the Shencai community near Shenyang and the small town of Jinjing north of Changsha.

My interest changed over the years, from birds through college, into making a living and raising children (two sons, three daughters, only two of which are "biological"), to collecting plants (Flora of Baxter County, Arkansas, published in 1993 in Casteanea), to writing a book on Carex sedges of Arkansas (available on request still draft but complete) from 1991 to 2011 (a target date set in the early 1990s), to learning Chinese to make friends with Chinese people and biologists.

Currently, I'm interested in Prenanthes (plant) and Odonates (dragon and damsel flies), along with a long term interest in Carex species in Arkansas and China and Echinacea paradoxa var. paradoxa. I'm also interested in any species in China and in Baxter County, Arkansas, where I live.

Publicado por sedgehead sedgehead, 27 de agosto de 2018

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Cárex Género Carex

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sedgehead

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Enero 23, 2018

Descripción

中国湖南常山金井凤形山公园(Phoenix Park, Jinjing, Changsha, Hunan, China). GPSed at 28°31'36.4"N113°22'18.66"E on reverse-C shaped ridge in this park; thin pine woods on perhaps granitic soil (fragmenting and eroding nearby). 14 plants found here. Four plants collected, none left in China; will distribute to US herbaria later including MICH and NY.

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sedgehead

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Mayo 30, 2014 01:15 PM CST

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Numerous individuals seen in the parkland near the Summer Palace. These photos taken in the woodlands northeast of the famous "Marble Boat" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marble_Boat).

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Azulilla de Arroyo Empolvada Argia moesta

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sedgehead

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Junio 10, 2012 01:13 PM CDT

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Ozark National Forest, Wedington Unit, Lake Wedington about 15 miles west of Fayetteville. Several landing on kayak and sticks in water.

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Ambarina del Este Perithemis tenera

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sedgehead

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Junio 10, 2012 01:21 PM CDT

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Photos taken in 2012 before this website existed; best I could get at the time, but this looks distinctive. Ozark National Forest, Wedington Unit, south shoreline of Lake Wedington, about 15 miles west of Fayetteville.

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sedgehead

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Mayo 26, 2014 03:15 PM CST

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I am uncertain of the exact location as Chinese family members drove to an area of "red beach" on oil company land. All photos were taken in the vicinity and several are provided for location information they might contain. The last few buildings, in a new recreation area, were of the boardwalk where I saw the bird (only one seen).

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sedgehead

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Agosto 20, 2018

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This colony has no fertile plants today, at the Perry Creek first crossing of the gravel road where it leads down to a White River public access point. However, fertile specimens have been collected and confirmed from this site and have been deposited at MICH and UARK. Three photos show the colony and two provide broader nearby habitat shots. Large colonies have been found scattered throughout this section of Perry Creek.

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Azulilla de Arroyo Empolvada Argia moesta

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sedgehead

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Agosto 16, 2018 12:30 AM CDT

Descripción

This is a common species in Arkansas. Even though I have not studied Odonates before, I know I have often seen this species.

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Square

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sedgehead

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Agosto 25, 2018 03:00 PM CDT

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I'm unfamiliar with most dragonflies. This is the only one seen here, but the I saw hundreds of various dragonflies today while driving.

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Azulilla de Arroyo Fusca Argia translata

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sedgehead

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Agosto 26, 2018 03:00 PM CDT

Descripción

Apparently a very common species in the county. I'm new at studying damselflies.

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