Bob Gosford May 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.
Bob Gosford May 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.
Bob Gosford May 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."
Bob Gosford May 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."
Bob Gosford May 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.
Bob Gosford May 12, 2014
I’m at Cherokee in North Carolina for the 37th annual Society of Ethnobiology meeting and, as I’ve done on a few occasions before, I’ll be chairing a session dedicated to current developments and research on the subject of ethnoornithology – the study of the relationships between human cultures and birds. This year’s meeting will be […]
Bob Gosford June 22, 2013 2 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."
Bob Gosford April 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.
Bob Gosford March 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.
Bob Gosford February 1, 2013 1 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?”