Alicia Di Rado

Joined: Apr 17, 2021 Last Active: Mar 28, 2023 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since April 2022

I’m a full-time writer, editor and communications leader who has worked in academic scientific communications (mostly medicine) for nearly 25 years. As a Certified California Naturalist and an avid trail runner, hiker, cyclist and kayaker, I love observing the natural world.

Interests include California endemic species and ecosystems of the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains and the Sierra Nevadas. I volunteer as an image analyst and species identifier for Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy’s Urban Wildlife Team camera trapping project in the wildlife-urban interface in northern Los Angeles County (Verdugo Hills/Arroyo Seco/San Gabriel Mountains).

Occasionally I dabble in marine environments, especially during the summer when it gets hot inland in Los Angeles!

BS in product design (engineering) and BA in history from Stanford. So nope, I don’t have a degree in biology.

I learn from all ID corrections accompanied by explanations.

While Spanish was my first language, I mostly function in English these days. Si quiere comunicarse conmigo, favor de escribirme en inglés o en español. ✉️

eBird user @adirado:

Macro images shot with

  • Canon EOS Rebel T8i (from 2023 onward) or T3 and Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens, or
  • iPhone 12 with Xenvo clip-on Clarus 15x macro lens

Most bird images from 2023 onward shot with Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III lens.


Tidepools and Marine Environments
*** Tide charts (site)-
*** CA tidepool locations (site)
*** "A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California," Kells, Rocha, and Allen (book)

*** "Birding Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area" (book) -
**"Sibley Birds West: Field Guide to Birds of Western North America," Sibley (book)
* Feather Atlas - a tool to ID flight feathers from North American birds (site) -
*** Rufous v Allen's hummingbirds -

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