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Steven Goldsmith
Sherman, Texas
Professor of Biology, Dean of Sciences at Austin College
Interests: taking care of my family, field biology, animal behavior and ecology, cooking, building furniture, hiking
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The recent one is a road runner that was posing right beside the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail in Big Bend National Park: The mittens in Monument Valley: Nearby, this is the place where Forest Gump stopped running after 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours, and said... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2020 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Some additional images from my recent trip to Big Bend, supplemented with ones I said I would post from the 1998 January Term course that included a raft trip through Santa Elena Canyon. When the Great Creator had finished making the Earth, a large amount of stony material was left... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Bird images, both recently captured at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Terns, but I am not sure what species They are graceful in flight and fun to watch. I have posted about terns before. Double Crested Cormorants Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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I figured I would post these, because I have them, and I have a colleague who both takes bird photos and likes to see other folks' bird photos. These were taken recently, some at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, some at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, and some in Big Bend National... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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The second part of my trip to south and west Texas was to Big Bend National Park. Becky told me I couldn’t go to Big Bend alone, so my brother flew to San Antonio (from Oklahoma City) and I picked him up. We drove to Terlingua, TX, (through parts of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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I recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, which is a place I had been to maybe 4 decades ago. This trip I took a boat tour of Aransas Bay and San Antonio Bay with Aransas Bay Birding Charters, which sails from near Rockport , TX.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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I have posted about birds of prey on the Austin College campus in the past, so I probably shouldn’t call this “things you don’t expect to see.” Go here for broad-winged hawks, and here for sharp-shinned hawks. I have seen Cooper’s Hawks on campus before, but I haven’t had the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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My last summer trip was short one but one that I have been wanting to do for some time. I dropped Becky off at DFW, then drove about 4.5 hours northwest to Cheyenne, Oklahoma. The purpose of this trip was to see both the visitor center and the actual historic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Another main goal of my Florida trip was to observe nesting behavior in Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). I teach about the ecology and behavior of this species in my Animal Behavior and Vertebrate Biology courses. Loggerhead sea turtles exhibit “natal homing.” Females return to the beaches where they hatched... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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One of my main goals on my biology field trip to coastal central Florida was to observe and photograph Florida scrub jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens). This is a threatened species that is endemic to Florida, and is a separate species from the western scrub jay. Florida scrub jays are known for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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In addition to observing and photographing Florida scrub jays, and observing nesting loggerhead sea turtles, I spent quite a bit of time in Florida photographing other animal species, mostly birds. I posted about manatees and gopher tortoises already. There was a keeled green snake crossing a road I got a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Later on my first day of the Florida field trip, I drove north from Merritt Island NWR through New Smyrna Beach, then south on A1A to Canaveral National Seashore – Apollo Beach. I got to use my Senior Pass for the entry fee! The road goes several miles on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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I am in central Florida this week on a biology field trip. I had two main goals, both of which are now accomplished, but I will come back to those later, because they were not the first things I accomplished. I saw things I thought I might see, but those... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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The Iliau loop trail on Kauai is one of those essentially unique places in Hawaii where you can see a plant that grows nowhere else on this planet. Iliau (Wilkesia gymnoxiphium) is a member of the silversword alliance, along with the silverswords and Dubautias. A Haleakala silversword: The growth form... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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During our time in Princeville, Becky found a description of a beach that was called Pu’u Poa. The descriptions on the web and what we did don’t match up very well, so I am convinced we actually went to Hideaways Beach and not Pu’u Poa. There is a tiny parking... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Becky and I are traveling in Hawaii with our grandson Jack. You can see her post about Waikiki here. We are now on Kauai in the Princeville area.It is a beautiful part of the world. One of the things that Jack wanted to do was to learn some about the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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I was out walking across the Austin College campus this morning – it is the Sunday after Christmas and the college is closed, so I pretty much had the place to myself. As I was walking I noticed a small murder of American Crows, sometimes on the ground, sometimes in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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I was going to title this post “You never know,” meaning you never know when or where you are going to find something interesting happening in the biological part of the natural world. I saw something unusual happening with Mississippi Kites over the course of a couple of days last... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Becky suggested I post some additional images from our trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Most of these have been with Austin College students in our course on Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands. We took them hiking in places that are currently closed to the public because of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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I have been to Hawaii 19 times since August 1995. 5 of those trips were to teach a January Term course on Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands. Our media folks at AC asked me to write up a short piece on the current eruption. Here is a link to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Day 3: Lost Lake trail. We drove uphill (and some downhill) on NM 538 from Red River, east and south, 6 miles to the end of the pavement, then another mile or more on a gravel road to the trailhead parking area. When we got there, about 7:30 am, there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Day 2: Williams Lake hike. On our second day in Red River, we drove toward Taos, but turned back uphill on the highway that takes you to the Taos Ski Valley, which is 20 miles or so north and east of the actual town of Taos. Once you get to... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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Red River, New Mexico Part 1: Jeff and I spent Monday, May 21st driving from Sherman, TX to Red River, NM. This is a 10-hour drive. We took Hwy 82 west from Sherman, picked up Hwy 287 at Henrietta, TX, through Wichita Falls, and several small cities in northwest Texas... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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The challenge for one of our last photo-challenge weeks was “silence.” This was in December, and the examples showed lots of images with snow. Well, where I live in north Texas, we rarely get snow. I live in a small city (Sherman, Texas) with major highways both north-south and east-west,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Professor Steven Goldsmith
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This week’s lesson was a fun one, but I didn’t do it exactly as Ricky suggested. It involved shooting out of the window of a moving car, so I had to have Becky drive as we were taking Jack and Bear out to “run” them. We were going to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Professor Steven Goldsmith