Why I started this blog
I started this blog for a few reasons. First, I have a terrible memory. I’ve always been terrible at keeping a journal, but I thought that writing a blog people can read will motivate me to update regularly and stay on top of it. Second, I don’t live close to my family. This will be a good way to keep them informed with fairly short, digestible posts and pretty pictures. Third, there’s always the chance that some aspiring apprentice falconer will stumble across this blog and find it useful in some way. If this helps even one other person through their apprenticeship or answers their questions then it’ll be worth it.
I currently live in Fayetteville, Arkansas with my wife Sarah and two dogs. I’m here because I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas. My current project is comparing the catches of various types of insect traps in order to determine the most efficient combination of traps that catch the highest diversity of insects. The idea is that future biodiversity studies can quickly and efficiently sample a given area and if the sampling method is standardized the results can be compared across sites. Also, its an excuse to learn and identify a lot of different insects. I also describe new species of mites, which is actually rather easier than it sounds as only 10% or so of mites are described and named.
I’ve been interested in falconry since I was 12 or so. I wrote a blog post about it where I go into more details about how I became interested in the sport.
All photos are ©Michael Skvarla unless otherwise noted.