When classes are not in session and I'm not in the lab or field, you might find me playing tennis, in a boat,
or out birdwatching (perhaps prowling for owls ), or chasing dragonflies. Oh, and when the weather is warm (which is all year here in Conway save maybe six weeks) you might find me digging, weeding, or picking vegetables in my garden. The Myrtle Beach area has pretty nice beaches, and my wife Amy and sons Sam and Simon and I like to visit when we can. Oh, and I built a rowboat.
This picture is me, surfing a wave on the Colorado River in the Grand
Canyon, atypically upright : -)
Unfortunately, this part of South Carolina is flat as a pooltable, so short of driving six hours to the mountains, I have to settle for occasional kayak surfing at the beach to scratch my boating itch, or else resort to extreme measures.
Had a sedentary day in front of the computer in an airconditioned office?
My antidote is to dig in the garden when I get home. Sam and Simon like the strawberry patch best.
Ironically, since I've become a professional ornithologist, I have
less time than ever before in my life for birdwatching. Luckily,
my fieldwork takes me into wonderful salt marshes and barrier islands, and I lead occasional field
trips for the Waccamaw
Audubon Society and for my ornithology classes, so I get into the woods, fields, and islands
at least once in a while. Each winter, the
Christmas Bird Count is another great excuse to spend all day (and
half the night) in the field. Horry County has a wonderful community
of birders and conservationists whom I've gotten to know through the Audubon
Society. A good local link for birders is the
list, from which you can pick up some of the pulse of birding in the
North and South Carolina.
Tweeters is a freewheeling birder's listserv centered on the Pacific Northwest (Pacific Southwest if you're Canadian, I guess). I lived in western Washington for five years and still check in on Tweeters once in a while.