While Daniela was writing the article I told her about how I collected field guides. And I sent her a link to a private album I had made of me and my field guides which I am now making public:
For the follow up Daniela and a photographer from Wired Jon Snyder came to my office and lab and took some pictures of me and my field guides (with assistance from Russell Neches in my lab to help set up some of the "scenes).
Here are some pics from their visit.
And now today, the Wired article came out and and amazing coincidence happened. I was taking a walk around campus with Misha Angrist who is giving a talk at UC Davis today. And on the walk first we saw a collection of turkeys wandering around campus:
So my birding sense was turned up. And then we walked across to the UC Davis Arboretum along Putah Creek and bumped into a "birding tour" of the Arboretum. In six years here I have never seen one of these. There were some teachers and kids carrying around field guides looking for particular species of birds.
And I note - one even had a field guide I do not have - the "Birds of Northern California" which I will be getting very very soon. I think today will only serve to boost my obsession with field guides, but that is OK by me.