Sora in habitat, Centennial Marsh, Idaho

Chasing Birds: Rails Edition


“Rails” are a family of birds – the Rallidae – that live and breed in marshy wetlands. Sora are the most abundant and most widely distributed North American rail, breeding from across the Canadian boreal forest (and occasionally in to Alaska) to central Arizona. But being “abundant” and “widely distributed” doesn’t mean “easy to see.”…

Columbia Silk Moth, Hyalophora columbia, Payette Lake, Idaho

WC’s First Insect Post


WC’s late friend, Ken Philip, an avid lepidopterist, once accused WC of neglecting 90% of the animals on the planet by focusing on birds. It’s true. Insects, of course, represent by far most of the animals on the planet, some 6 to 12 million species. So now, 3,000 plus blog posts along, WC will finally…