James W. Beck

Unido: 30.ene.2015 Última actividad: 28.may.2022 iNaturalist

I have 35 years of birding experience and almost as long with herping. I began volunteering at Audubon Zoo at age 13, thanks to my Mom, who encouraged me to pursue it. I spent 10 years there, accumulating experience with working with birds of prey, various reptiles and amphibians, spiders and insects and mammals. I surveyed birds and vegetation for the University of New Orleans in the Summer of 1995. Fast-forward to 2002, where I became the General Curator at the Zoo of Acadiana in Broussard, Louisiana in Lafayette Parish. There I worked more with large and small cats, Black Bears, primates, hoofstock and more. In 2006 I left the zoo to work on amphibian ecology and monitoring at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette. Frog monitoring was the main priority, but we also surveyed reptiles within our study sites. I moved from project to project, working on bird foraging behavior, vegetation sampling and Ivory-billed Woodpecker research. I created and served as compiler for the New Iberia Christmas Bird Count from 2002-2014. Currently I am employed with the City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board and my main responsibilities focus on mosquito population surveillance and monitoring, field collection, species identification and data entry.
I reside in Marrero, Louisiana just outside of New Orleans, with my girlfriend Linda Kingsland.

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