This is not my first attempt at a blog, but I sincerely hope it will be the last.  The idea is to share some of my thoughts (and, hopefully, insights) on the natural world.  Some of these thoughts will be ruminations on the past, which encompasses among other things almost fifty years of more or less serious birdwatching, a broad range of scientific endeavors in several fields, and some current research.  I am interested to see if this medium can allow an old dog to execute this new trick without straining its mind to learn yet another computer language.  My cranial hard disk is full and badly in need of defragging.  We’ll see.  I may have to become an HTML hacker after all.