I have a few bits of news I’d like to share with you all:
First, I will be teaching a week-long workshop, Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, at the Eagle Hill Institute in Maine next summer (July 29 to August 4).
Second, if that goes well, I will teach another course there devoted entirely to leafminers in summer 2019.
Third, a first edition of my leafminer book will be available just in time for that course!
I’ve decided to self-publish it in electronic form, in a series of 18 monthly installments beginning one month from today. There are a few reasons for this, which you can read about on my brand new Patreon page here. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Patreon is a crowdfunding website that allows you to support writers, artists, etc. by making monthly donations of whatever amount you choose. There are different rewards for donations that reach various thresholds. In my case, you get what amounts to a subscription to my big book of leafminers (we’re talking 1000+ pages before any illustrations are added) for just a few dollars a month, and if you feel like contributing something more towards my ongoing natural history work, there are “thank you” gifts including 8 x 10 prints, leafminer calendars, opportunities to join me in the field for a day, and (if you really want to go nuts) getting a species named after you!
I hope you’ll check it out. For a point of reference, I pay WordPress $2.50 per month so that no one has to see annoying and distracting ads on this blog. If all of my subscribers decided to chip in just that much, that would be enough for me to devote all of my time to solving and writing about natural history mysteries (I currently do this entirely in my spare time, which explains the sometimes long intervals between blog posts).
Okay, enough of that! More blog posts coming soon.