Ken Mateik

Liittynyt: 31. heinäkuuta 2020 Viimeksi aktiivinen: 2. joulukuuta 2021 iNaturalist

I am a retired professional geologist, these days more interested in biology and photographing just about any "critter" or plant in California, and a few other western states. I photograph lots of "critters", birds, and wildflowers while out hiking and fishing for whatever fish species I can catch, photograph, and usually release, although I do like to eat a few fish like trout and rockfish.

I grew up in the SF Bay Area, mostly saltwater fishing, free diving, and birding in San Mateo County and San Francisco. After getting a Geology degree (with minor in Biology) at CSU-San Francisco, I moved to San Jose for urban geology work, and was able to continue mostly saltwater rockfishing around Monterey Bay, freshwater fishing in the greater San Jose urban area, and going on local Audubon birding trips to explore other areas.

A new job in the late 1990s moved me up into the Sierra foothills, so I continued birding and mostly switched to freshwater fishing. My environmental job required LOTS of traveling to all parts of California and a few western States, but that meant that on the way home I could try out various new fishing spots, and visit as many wildlife refuges or ecological areas that I could for photographing all forms of wildlife. There is so much wildlife around us, even in such an urbanized state as California.

I have a Life Time of wildlife photos (1960s to Present) to download to iNaturalist. I really enjoy photographing wildlife and downloading my photos and data to iNaturalist as a Citizen Scientist.

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