Alicia Di Rado

Έγινε μέλος στις: Απρ 17, 2021 Τελευταία δραστηριότητα στις: Ιουν 23, 2024 iNaturalist

I’m a full-time writer, editor and communications leader for a major research university in L.A. I've been telling stories about science, medicine and nature -- with a purpose -- for 25 years.

  • UC Environmental Stewards Program Certified Naturalist ( )
  • Trail runner, hiker, cyclist and kayaker, I love observing the natural world in my spare time.
  • Professional info:
  • eBird: @adirado |
  • Interests: Aves, Lepidoptera, Odonata, California endemic species, and ecosystems of the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains and the Sierra Nevadas.
  • Volunteer: Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy’s Urban Wildlife Team camera trapping project in the wildlife-urban interface in northern Los Angeles County (Verdugo Hills/Arroyo Seco/San Gabriel Mountains).
  • Member and supporter: Pasadena Audubon Society, LA Birders, Natural History Museum of LA County, The Arboretum, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and Houston Audubon.

Oh, and I love sea life, too.

BS in product design (engineering) and BA in history, Stanford University.

While Spanish was my first language, I mostly function in English these days. Si quiere comunicarse conmigo, favor de escribirme en inglés o en español. ✉️

Macro images shot with

  • Canon EOS Rebel T8i (from 2023 onward) or T3 and Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens, or
  • iPhone 12 with Xenvo clip-on Clarus 15x macro lens

Most bird images from 2023 onward shot with Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III or Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 is STM lenses.


Marine Environments
*** Tide charts (site)-
*** "A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California," Kells, Rocha, and Allen (book)

*** "Birding Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area" (book) -
**"Sibley Birds West: Field Guide to Birds of Western North America," Sibley (book)
California birds =
* Feather Atlas - a tool to ID flight feathers from North American birds (site) -
*** Rufous v Allen's hummingbirds -

California Butterflies
Southern California Butterflies guide -
Butterflies and their Larval Foodplants -

California Plants
CNPS California vegetation guide -
CNPS Calscape -
Wildflower search -

Galls and Gallformers
California oak gall guide -

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