John Arnett

Joined: Aug 21, 2021 Last Active: Jan 20, 2022

MS Wildlife Ecology, U of Florida. "Almost" AAS in Biotechnology/Molecular Biology.

I welcome suggestions/corrections with helpful, informative comments! I'm here to (re-)learn.

Worked in 4 countries (USA, Brasil, Chile, Mexico), birded the hell out of 7 others.

While working for Ken Meyer in 2006, I was possibly the first person ever to put a VHF transmitter on a bird (swallow-tailed kite) in North America (Florida) and subsequently find the same bird in South America (Brasil).

Initiated several LeConte's Thrasher survey projects and co-founded the Desert Thrasher Working Group (Jan 2010). Led collaborative surveys that identified previously-unknown overwintering areas of Gray Vireo (co-located with Bursera microphylla) in Arizona, including 3 mountain ranges visible from Phoenix. "Discovered" the Bendire's Thrasher population that led to designating the Joshua Tree Important Bird Area. Helped design the Coordinated Breeding Bird Monitoring Plan for Sonoran/Mojave Desert.

With/For others or independently, I have studied the following taxa: Masoncus pogonophyllus (a subterranean spider symbiotic w/ Florida harvester ant), Centruroides hentzi (Hentz's striped scorpion), Sceloporus woodi (Florida scrub lizard), Neoseps (Plestiodon) reynoldsi (Florida sand skink), brown-headed nuthatch, swallow-tailed kite, crested and chimango caracaras, chucao tapaculo, Oncifelis guigna (the smallest cat native to the western hemisphere), reddish egret, white-crowned pigeon, southeastern US pineland bird and vegetation community structure (MS thesis), Sonoran pronghorn, gray vireo, LeConte's and Bendire's thrashers, southwestern willow flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo.

I may be the only person to have seen 2 Booby spp. in Arizona on the same day - Brown at Lk Havasu and Blue-footed at Patagonia Lk.

Skills: off-road driving, bird taxidermy (I made Bernie the BETH lure), SCUBA, gardening and small-scale agriculture, landscaping with native plants, motorboat captain extraordinaire, fishin', big ranchin'.

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