Caspian Tern Banded, Photo byDean Schaff

A Caspian Tern banded 11 years ago in Oregon has been seen here in Playa del Rey (Photo from March 21, 2016 | by Dean Schaff.)

ON THE COVER | Banded Caspian Tern sighting

The bird was banded as a chick at East Sand Island in the Columbia River estuary (near Astoria, OR) on 7/12/2005. The bird has not been seen in the study area in the Pacific northwest since 2012.



I was born May 24, 1945 on a farm outside of Davenport, Iowa. I attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City in the glorious '60's. My job as a film buyer got me transferred to Los Angeles from Minneapolis in 1981. I was with Plitt Theatres then. In 1988 I went to work for Pacific/Arclight Theatres as a VP of film. Just to clarify each engagement of each picture is a separate contract and a separate negotiation with the studios based on competition in that zone. I bought for the Cinerama Dome, The Grove, the El Capitan, Beach Cities, Culver City and Sherman Oaks Galleria and most of the theatres in Hawaii just to name a few. I have always been interested in preserving the environment as were my parents. In the 1980's I got very interested in whale watching and did trips to Alaska and Mexico. As part of whale watching you got to learn a lot about birds. I also did Debra Shearwater's trips out of Monterey for both birds and Blue Whales. I started birding and photographing them after the whale watch season ended. With the advent of digital photography my birding and photography took on a new life. I have to especially thank Dan Cooper for helping me greatly learn so much and have the patience to answer the thousands of questions I heap upon him. He has been a great friend.

Thank you for your interest!

Dean Schaff

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