Vultures on the beach

A favorite sighting when I walk Monterey Bay’s most deserted beaches is of turkey vultures (Cathartes aura), and that’s because of the associated detective story — the whodunit. This is how today’s saga unfolded. On my walk this morning,… Read More

Birder or not?

I’ve never thought of myself as a birder. I don’t go looking for birds specifically when I kayak or walk the bay. I’m more of a wildlife-watcher who sees birds. They are fascinating and I see a fair share (according… Read More

My introduction to the bay

My fascination with the Monterey area began when I was a teenager and developed in stages over many decades. I grew up in San Diego. During one summer family-camping vacation, we drove up the California coast. When we… Read More