Joe Rich

Joined: Apr 28, 2018 Last Active: Jan 31, 2023 iNaturalist

Retired engineer, I have a masters in biomedical engineer but spent most of my career in aerospace developing hardware, firmware, large computer systems and satellites. I have always been interested in ecology and nature. As kids, my cousin and I put up bluebird boxes in our yards and brought bluebirds back to our neighborhood. I was also the 4-H State Entomology Champion in 1965. After retirement I took some environmental science classes at our local community college. In my previous home, where I lived until 2021, I removed all the grass in the front yard and it is now covered in California poppies and a few other plants for pollinators. I also have several bird boxes for wrens, chickadees and bluebirds (although I have yet to get any bluebirds, I do see them occasionally on the old elderberry tree in my back yard).

My photos are taken with a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ60 camera. This is a very useful camera for field work because it is lightweight and fairly small, has a 12 megapixel resolution and its built in lense provides macro, macro zoom and up to 24x regular zoom and 96x with electronic zoom.

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