About Bruce

The Racetrack, Death Valley National Park. Photo by Bruce Vincent


Bruce has taught the ecology of Southern California as a professional Interpretive Naturalist since 1980, having worked with Matilija Environmental Science Area, Naturalist at Large, The International Center for Earth Concerns, as well as on contract to Ventura and Los Angeles school districts. Bruce is also extremely knowledgeable about Native American use of their natural world and has made replications of artifacts for the Ojai Valley Museum. His natural history training started at six years old, being the son of an avid outdoorsman who tied his own flies and reloaded his own ammunition. He was taught at an early age how to OBSERVE nature to see as much of what’s going on as you can. He hopes that you will find his blog, Notes of a Naturalist, educational and entertaining!


Bruce is also is involved with three citizen science projects with Cornell Lab of Ornithology, (http://www.birds.cornell.edu). His first was with eBird, (http://ebird.org/content/ebird/), to keep track of the birds in his yard. His current eBird list for his yard is 75 species. He then joined YardMap (http://content.yardmap.org/, user name Brucebird ), which is a project to teach people how to make their yards bird friendly. His is one of their Featured Sites titled “Backwoods Paradise”. And he is also on NestWatch (http://nestwatch.org), which is the monitoring of birds nests in one’s yard. These all provide professional ornithologist with much needed data. His yard is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation.