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Took a walk along the boardwalk and beach at Asilomar, where I am attending a conference. Lots of White-crown sparrows with a sweet call, two ascending notes followed by a warble. Also jays, crows, seagulls. Beautiful flowers, including a pink flower and the endangered Menzies’ Wallflower, a yellow flower in the mustard family with four petals. It was surrounded by cages to protect it from deer and rabbits (I saw one each of those as well). The dunes were dominated by a woolly grey plant on tall stems, and a dark green low plant with a serrated leaf. Down by the tide pools there was an interesting yellow flower, like the disk of a composite without the ray flowers.

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About Bill McCallum

I was born in Australia and came to the United States to pursue a Ph. D. in mathematics at Harvard University, met my wife, and never went back. I am a professor at the University of Arizona, working in number theory and mathematics education.


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