1. A new checklist of North American mammals has just been published. The authors team included a co-author of many recently proposed changes in shrews, deer mice, and voles taxonomy who opted not to reflect them at the time (that’s more or less what they told me when I asked).
There are a few things I’d do differently (particularly concerning African ungulates that occur only on fenced ranches in Texas), but anyway, it’s a nice update.
2. I got a few people interested in the Sierra/Great Basin tour, but all have conflicting schedules. So I think I’ll do it as personalized tours, with up to 3 participants. The main advantage is that I’ll be able to do it in an SUV instead of a van. It would be easier to do in late June-October, when all roads are open, but we can figure out a way to do a version of it in winter, too. If you are interested in this one or would like to do a custom-made tour to any other part of North American continent, please let me know. I’ll generally price them at $250-350 per day plus expenses.