I am generally interested in nature. Lots of birding and herping experience in North America.

Did my PhD research at Texas A&M and have started a new places page here on iNaturalist for my field site the Mescalero Monahans Shinnery Sands . Check it out if you get a chance online or in person. Lots of oil development out there now may be threatening a number of endemics.

Now in Arizona and excited to be learning about the Sonoran desert!

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American Badger - Photo (c) Erin and Lance Willett, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
American Badger Info
The American badger (Taxidea taxus) is a North American badger, somewhat similar in appearance to the European badger. It is found in the western and central United States, northern Mexico, and south-central Canada to certain areas of southwestern British Columbia. (From Wikipedia)
Desert Massasauga - Photo (c) sandboa, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Chris Harrison CC
Desert Massasauga Info
Sistrurus catenatus edwardsii is a subspecies of venomous pitviper endemic to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. In places its range overlaps that of S. c. tergeminus, and intergrading of the two subspecies is not unknown. (From Wikipedia)
Wislizeni's spectaclepod - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Wislizeni's spectaclepod Info
Dimorphocarpa wislizeni, commonly known as spectacle pod, Wislizeni's spectaclepod, and touristplant, is a flowering plant in the mustard family native to western North America, where it occurs in the southwestern United States as far east as Oklahoma and Texas, and Baja California, Sonora,Chihuahua, and Coahuila in Mexico. (From Wikipedia)
Havard oak - Photo (c) danjleavitt, all rights reserved, uploaded by Dan Leavitt C
Havard oak Info
Quercus havardii (common names include shinnery oak, shin oak and Havard oak) is a deciduous, low-growing, thicket-forming shrub that occupies some 2 to 3 million ha in the southern Great Plains of North America. Clones may reach hundreds to thousands of years old, although aboveground stems typically live only 11 to 15 years. Shinnery oak stems are usually 1–2 m tall and codominate the plant community with mid- and tall-grasses which are usually taller than the... (From Wikipedia)
Common Porcupine - Photo (c) Danny Barron, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Common Porcupine Info
The North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), also known as the Canadian porcupine or common porcupine, is a large rodent in the New World porcupine family. The beaver is the only larger rodent in North America. The porcupine is a caviomorph rodent whose ancestors rafted across the Atlantic from Africa to Brazil over 30 million years ago, and then migrated to North America during the Great American Interchange after the Isthmus of Panama rose 3 million years... (From Wikipedia)
Western Hog-nosed Snake - Photo (c) francis crawley, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Western Hog-nosed Snake Info
Western Hognose snakes are relatively small, stout-bodied snakes found throughout the Great Plains states of the U.S. from Canada to Mexico. Their color and pattern is highly variable from subspecies to subspecies, although most specimens appear much like the infamous rattlesnake to the untrained eye. This optical bluff, used in conjunction with a wide array of other clever defense tactics, makes these snakes quite unique among North American serpents. (From Wikipedia)
Dunes Sagebrush Lizard - Photo (c) danjleavitt, all rights reserved, uploaded by Dan Leavitt C
Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Info
The dunes sagebrush lizard, Sceloporus arenicolus, (formerly known as the sand dune lizard and the dunes-sagebrush lizard, Sceloporus graciosus arenicolus, a subspecies of sagebrush lizard), is an insectivorous spiny lizard species which only occurs in the shinnery oak sand dune systems of extreme southeast New Mexico and only four counties in adjacent Texas. Sceloporus arenicolus has the second-smallest range of all lizards in the United States. (From Wikipedia)