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I snapped this picture of a male vermillion flycatcher last week. Vermillion flycatcher’s are arguably one of the prettiest birds in Southern Nevada and they are quite rare. They like to nest in mature mesquite woodlands. This one was photographed near Moapa Nevada near the headwaters of the Muddy River. Here is a picture of […]

Now everyone knows! We’re working on it! Please! Oh, God, no! Please leave us alone! I can’t believe the frickin’ hydrologists are in cahoots with Stephen Colbert. We’re doomed. Doomed, I say! I better start working on my resume. Sob…

I’ll finally be returning to work after being sick for a few days. I’ve had a very bad cough since Sunday and today I’m finally feeling to good enough to eat and be a little bit active around the house (mainly running outside to look at the rain gauge and look at the eclipse). I’ve […]

I watched a little bit of the news coverage of today’s tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis and was very concerned about the lack of safety gear worn by the rescue crews. I’m trained in swiftwater rescue and it is very important that rescue personnel don’t even get near the water without a PFD, helmet, and […]

When I got back to work on Tuesday after the marathon, I found my cubicle filled with balloons and my coworkers had gotten me a congratulatory cupcake cake! They also had a card signed by everyone in the department and some of my friends in other departments. There were a few accusations on the card […]

I stayed home today with my bad head cold. I woke up enough to call in at 8:00 A.M. and then slept in until 11:00 A.M. I ate breakfast and then returned to bed and finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I briefly left the house to get a haircut and the stylist remarked […]

The marathon is in five days and I’ve got a cold. It started yesterday with a plugged up nose and a tickle in my throat and by this morning I had a severe sore throat. I plan on going to work today because I still feel relatively functional. Also, I am scheduled to give a […]



I just finished two days of fish work on the Virgin River near Mesquite, Nevada. The purpose of the trip is to monitor for blue tilapia, a highly invasive fish that recently found in Lake Mead after escaping from a fish farm. With the current drought and low snowpack in the Utah headwaters, the Virgin […]

Toad Survey

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I spent last week in Beatty, Nevada helping the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with one of their two yearly Amargosa toad surveys. The Amargosa toad (Bufo nelsoni) is a species of toad only found in a small area near Beatty in the Amargosa River. Several years ago, the […]

Today I came uncomfortably close to death. At work, we are currently doing some native fish surveys on the Muddy River. We spent the morning checking hoop nets and minnow traps for native fish on the lower river right above Lake Mead. We caught a variety of introduced fish and a few bullfrog tadpoles and […]