Select Links From Friends and Colleagues Influential to me

Cooper's hawk. Felttip pen on paper.

I must first acknowledge my father Jay Cunningham who worked at the California State Library in digitizing, the California Indian Library Collections, and later the Grant program. Gigantic thanks to my father who helped me locate research materials over the years, and fully supported my independnt research on California ecological history. A bit of history on the California Indian Library Collections which my father helped organized, and discussed with me:

In 1992, the CILC staff and U.C. Berkeley interns, under the direction of Jeannine Davis-Kimball, Project Manager, began to organize the voluminous materials. The data from the photographs, sound recordings, and the citations which would become bibliographies were entered into computerized databases. Maggie Law, computer specialist, was responsible for manipulating data and generating the camera-ready manuscript copy for the finding guides. Under Librarian Randal Brandt's direction, the bibliographies published in the finding guides and in northern and central bibliographies were completed. The CILC collection is now searchable on Melvyl, the University of California library system-wide database. As the original bibliographic database expanded, nearly four-fold, Jay Cunningham, then CILC's liaison with the California State Library, suggested that we publish Bibliographies of Northern and Central California Indians as a service to scholars, students, and the Native Californian community. Professor Thomas Duncan and his staff at the Museum Informatics Project, located at U.C. Berkeley, have supplied technical support and, subsequently, are responsible for placing the bibliographies on the Internet. (

California Institute for Community, Art & Nature (Author and Publisher Malcom Margolin's current project--thank you Malcolm for taking a look at my manuscript in a Berkeley cafe one day and deciding to publish it as a large book, I am eternally grateful!)

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California at Berkeley (extremely influential to my early training in the Grinnel Method, I thank professors such as Dr. Jim Patton, mammalogist; Dr. Harry Greene, herpetologist; and Dr. Ned Johnson, ornithologist--you taught us that the important field of natural history and methods of note-taking are the basis of science)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (I owe Fishery Biologist Steve Parmenter a debt of gratitude for hiring me in the early 1990s and introducing me to the interesting world of pupfish, trout, and salmon)

U. S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Center (Dr. Gary Fellers was very infleuntial in my wildlife biology career with his amphibian declines project where I explored the Sierra Nevada for months backpacking to the remotest regions)


California Native Grasslands Association

Bay Nature Magazine

East Bay Regional Parks District (exploring these local parks over the decades was formative for my writing of the book)

Tending the Ancient Shoreline Hill (my sister Margot Cunningham is restoring Albany Hill city park)

Friends of Five Creeks

Ecology Center, Berkeley

River Otter Ecology Project

John Muir Laws Nature Stewardship Through Science, Education and Art

Pyrotechnology by Miriam H Morrill Consulting and Illustration

Robin Lee Carlson Illustration

Laura Cunningham's California Coastal Prairie Blog

Mid Klamath Watershed Council

Klamath River Renewal Project

Karuk Tribe

The Cultural Conservancy

Alliance for Felix Cove (restoring Coast Miwok familiy heritage in the Tomales Bay region)

Support the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Colorado River Indian Tribes

La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Circle, Casa de Cultura (respecting the work of of my friend Alfredo Figueroa to protect the Colorado Desert of California from energy development)

Basin and Range Watch

Western Watersheds Project

Save Point Reyes Seashore

Mission Rewild

For Elk

Klamath Forest Alliance

Save Mount Diablo


Cafe Ohlone

Vermillion flycatcher fieldsketch. Ballpoint pen on paper.