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Roadside memorials of southern California II: the deadly curves of Route 33

Roadside memorials of southern California II: the deadly curves of Route 33

Bob GosfordMay 24, 2015

Few people drive Highway 33; even fewer make the run from end to end. Highway 1, dancing along the coast, offers better scenery, and Interstate 5, a more-or-less parallel route, greater speed and efficiency. No, this is a workaday road, a highway for short-haul truckers and agricultural sales reps, for convoys of harvesters, vans shuttling prisoners and even the occasional lone tractor.

Roadside memorials of southern California:  Father J. J. Crowley, the 'desert padre'

Roadside memorials of southern California: Father J. J. Crowley, the 'desert padre'

Bob GosfordMay 23, 2015

While returning from a publicity trip to San Francisco in Sept. 1940, Fr. Crowley struck a steer that had wandered onto the highway. His car was forced into the path of an oncoming truck, and he was killed instantly.

Snake of the Week: Great Basin Gopher Snake

Snake of the Week: Great Basin Gopher Snake

Bob GosfordMay 23, 2015

Alerted to danger, the snake coils up, vibrates its tail and hisses a warning. The Gopher snake can also spread and flatten its head, thereby resembling a rattler even more. An unsure predator mistakes this behavior and the somewhat triangular head of the Gopher snake for a rattlesnake and backs off from its pursuit."

The Many Faces of Ethnoornithology at the 38th Society of Ethnobiology meeting

The Many Faces of Ethnoornithology at the 38th Society of Ethnobiology meeting

Bob GosfordMay 12, 2015

Here I present the abstracts from the ethnoornithology session at the 38th annual Society of Ethnobiology meeting at the University of California Santa Barbara campus last week titled "What Do Birds Tell Us? How Ethno-ornithology Opens Doors to Understanding Relationships with Others."

Ethnoornithology at Montpelier - Birds and People: Research From Four continents - CISE 2012

Ethnoornithology at Montpelier - Birds and People: Research From Four continents - CISE 2012

Bob GosfordMay 13, 2014

A look at some of the work being undertaken across the globe by researchers and indigenous people with an interest in birds, people, cultures and the land and environments that they share - from the 13th International Society of Ethnobiology Congress at Montpelier, France in May 2012.

Ethnoornithology at Cherokee, North Carolina

Ethnoornithology at Cherokee, North Carolina

Bob GosfordMay 12, 2014

Burning down the house. When rats & snakes take their revenge.

Burning down the house. When rats & snakes take their revenge.

Bob GosfordJun 22, 20132 Comments

Only in Texas. "We were trying to kill a snake with fire," the woman said during a 911 call. "It done caught the house."

Birds, Fire and Culture - a new research project

Birds, Fire and Culture - a new research project

Bob GosfordApr 13, 2013

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that some species are active promoters of fire in the northern Australian savannah landscapes, using small fire-sticks and embers to spread fire throughout the open grass and woodlands of the semi-tropical north.

Amadeo Rea: on namkams, coyote sickness and perceptions of reality in the greater southwest

Amadeo Rea: on namkams, coyote sickness and perceptions of reality in the greater southwest

Bob GosfordMar 31, 2013

Part Two of a conversation with Amadeo Rea, taxonomic ornithologist and ethnobiologist who has spent most of his life working with the Piman people of the greater south-western American deserts.

Fifty years in the desert - the ethnobiological life of Amadeo Rea

Fifty years in the desert - the ethnobiological life of Amadeo Rea

Bob GosfordFeb 1, 20131 Comment

A friend of mine, who was just finishing the manuscript for Birds of Arizona with the University of Arizona Press said “Why don’t you find out from your old Indian friends what the river was like when it ran and what birds were there?”