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Learning to Fly is the story of a troubled young girl who aspires to become the world’s first female superstar birder.


Birds of Belize

Birds of Belize is the definitive field guide and handbook on the avifauna of Belize, a small, but avifaunally rich English-speaking country in northern Central America. Birds of Belize is the indispensable birders’ “bible” for tourists and tour guides alike. Illustrated by renowned bird artist Dana Gardner.

Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Belize

Co-authored with Andrew Vallely, Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Belize is a 72-page checklist of all the birds known to occur in Belize as of the date of publication. It has separate columns with status codes (abundance, seasonality, status as breeder or non-breeder) for each species occurring in each of the six districts and a box for checking off species added to one’s life list or Belize list.

Checklist of the Birds of the California Channel Islands

Co-authored with Paul Collins, A Checklist of the Birds of the California Channel Islands is a 50-page checklist of all the birds recorded on California’s Channel Islands, with separate columns for each of the eight Channel Islands and the coded status (abundance, seasonality, status as breeder or non-breeder) of each bird known to have occurred on each island.

Neotropical Owls: Their Diversity and Conservation

This book has individual chapters for most Latin American countries, including Belize. The chapter Owls of Belize, written with co-author Jan Meerman, has sections on taxonomy, habitat, distribution, and conservation needs and recommendations, along with species accounts for Belize’s 11 resident species and two vagrants. Accompanying each account is a map showing the distribution of the species in Belize. Edited by Paula Enríquez.

The Birdlife of Christmas Island 

Written explicitly for the people who live on Christmas Island, the text is in both I-Kiribati, their native language, and English, their adopted language. The objectives of this booklet were:

  • to enrich the appreciation and enjoyment of the island’s remarkable birdlife among the people who live on Christmas Island
  • to demonstrate the impressive economic and cultural benefits the island’s resources can have if properly managed
  • to demonstrate the potentially dire economic and social consequences if they are not.

At one time, Christmas Island was home to the largest seabird colony in the tropics, if not the world—in excess of 25 million birds. But the birds and other natural resources on the island and in the surrounding sea were being exploited at an alarming and highly unsustainable rate by the native population. In addition, by the late 20th Century rats and domestic cats were overrunning the island, and by the turn of the century the number of seabirds was down to around 5 million. The Birdlife of Christmas Island addresses these issues and provides practical, sustainable solutions.

In a disturbing twist, the day after it was published and distributed to the schools and government agencies on the island, the Wildlife Conservation Unit had all copies confiscated and destroyed. I learned this when a WCU employee came to me and asked if I had an extra copy I could give him, assuring me he would keep it well hidden. Fortunately, I did have a few extra copies, thus the digital version that will live in ‘infamy’ on my website.

Here’s a sneak peak at the upcoming

Many Faces of Fee Triology

Fee and her intrepid spouse Rodney Rutherford travel to Belize for what is supposed to be a working summer vacation. But things don’t turn out as planned.

Still under construction, Incident at Caracol, unfolds in the remote southwestern corner of Belize where Fee and Rodney have traveled to learn about the ancient Maya civilization at the famed Caracol Archaeological Site. But what is supposed to be a summer respite before heading off to graduate school soon turns deadly, and they find themselves fearing for their lives. Incident at Caracol promises to be a nail-biting adventure story that reaches its pinnacle with Fee and Rodney facing an ethical and moral dilemma of epic proportions.


Inch by Inch is a very ambitious project in which I find myself immersed in a whole new field of study—climate science.

Spanning five and a half decades, from 2005, when a close encounter with Hurricane Katrina changes Fee’s life forever, until 2069 when the saga ends on what just may be a positive note—a sign of hope for the future of humanity. Along the way we experience an epic battle between global warming alarmists and global warming contrarians, while in the background civilization as we know it gradually unravels.

In gathering material for this exciting, but very challenging project, I look forward to interviewing leading climatologists, as well as global warming contrarians and a few outspoken politicians on both sides of this contentious issue. And my research will almost certainly require travel to two of the last places on the planet I ever thought I’d visit—Greenland and Antarctica.

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