I am a bird nerd to the max. I also basically love all other kinds of nature. I was living in San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa Rica when I first signed up on iNaturalist, but I've also lived all over the U.S.: Houston, TX, San Diego, CA, Cape May County, NJ, San Francisco and Oakland, CA, and now Alameda, CA.

I most recently worked for a local pet food/supply company. Previously, I worked for the Alameda Recreation and Park Department. Before that I was at the Oakland Zoo, Angel Island, and Alcatraz Island. I ran a blog about the bird life on Alcatraz with one of my coworkers. The blog is still active, though now it's more focused on the bird life I encounter in many different places. You can find it at www.maganrord.com. All of the Alcatraz related stuff is still in the archives.

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Kingfishers and Allies - Photo (c) Chung Kiu, Ryan Cheng, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Kingfishers and Allies Info
The Coraciiformes are a group of usually colorful near passerine birds including the kingfishers, the Hoopoe, the bee-eaters, the rollers, and the hornbills. They generally have syndactyly, with three forward-pointing toes (and toes 3 & 4 fused at their base), though in many kingfishers one of these is missing. (From Wikipedia)
Blue-crowned Motmot - Photo (c) juancruzado, all rights reserved, uploaded by Juan Cruzado Cortés C
Blue-crowned Motmot Info
The Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota) is a colourful near-passerine bird found in forests and woodlands of eastern Mexico, Central America, northern and central South America, and Trinidad and Tobago. As presently defined, it includes several taxa that possibly should be recognized as valid species, including the Andean Motmot (or Highland Motmot), Momotus aequatorialis. (From Wikipedia)
Montezuma Oropendola - Photo (c) Paulo Philippidis, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Montezuma Oropendola Info
The Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma) is a New World tropical icterid bird. It is a resident breeder in the Caribbean coastal lowlands from southeastern Mexico to central Panama, but is absent from El Salvador and southern Guatemala. It also occurs on the Pacific slope of Nicaragua and Honduras and northwestern Costa Rica. It is among the oropendola species sometimes separated in the genus Gymnostinops. The English and scientific names of this species commemorate the Aztec emperor... (From Wikipedia)
Steller's Sea-Eagle - Photo (c) Edhral, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Steller's Sea-Eagle Info
The Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It lives in coastal northeastern Asia and mainly preys on fish and water birds. On average, it is the heaviest eagle in the world, at about 5 to 9 kilograms (11 to 20 lb; 0.79 to 1.4 st), but may lag behind the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) and Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) in some standard measurements. This bird is named after the German naturalist Georg (From Wikipedia)
Axolotl - Photo (c) Lokilech, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Axolotl Info
The axolotl (/ˈæksəlɒtəl/; etymol. Nāhuatl āxōlōtl (singular) or āxōlōmeh (plural) "water monster"), also known as a Mexican salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum) or a Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the tiger salamander. Although the axolotl is colloquially known as a "walking fish", it is not a fish, but an amphibian. The species originates from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City. Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the (From Wikipedia)
Common Raven - Photo (c) Anita Gould, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Common Raven Info
The common raven (Corvus corax), also known as the northern raven, is a large all-black passerine bird. Found across the Northern Hemisphere, it is the most widely distributed of all corvids. There are at least eight subspecies with little variation in appearance, although recent research has demonstrated significant genetic differences among populations from various regions. It is one of the two largest corvids, alongside the thick-billed raven, and is possibly the heaviest passerine bird; at maturity,... (From Wikipedia)
Harpy Eagle - Photo (c) David Cook Wildlife Photography, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Harpy Eagle Info
The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) is a Neotropical species of eagle. It is sometimes known as the American Harpy Eagle to distinguish it from the Papuan Eagle which is sometimes known as the New Guinea Harpy Eagle or Papuan Harpy Eagle. It is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world. It usually inhabits tropical lowland rainforests in the upper (emergent) canopy layer.... (From Wikipedia)
Resplendent Quetzal - Photo (c) Carol Foil, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Resplendent Quetzal Info
The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is a bird in the trogon family. It is found from southern Mexico to western Panama (unlike the other quetzals of the genus Pharomachrus, which are found in South America and eastern Panama). It is well known for its colorful plumage. There are two subspecies, P. m. mocinno and P. m. costaricensis. (From Wikipedia)
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