BCR 124: Janet Moore, Janet Stein, Seeing Red

Janet Moore and Janet Stein discovered the Red Warbler, Rose Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts, SEAZ. Photo Courtesy of Red Warbler ©Dave Stejskal All Rights Reserved.

Janet Moore and Janet Stein who discovered a Red Warbler On Monday, April 9, 2018 at Rose Canyon Lake,  Mt. Lemmon in Pima County, SEAZ. Arizona. A MEGA Rarity in SE Arizona! This interview was recorded on April 12, 2018; three days after the Red Warbler was discovered by Janet Moore and Janet Stein on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Janet Moore grew up north of San Francisco with parents that loved and valued the outdoors. Family vacations were often camping trips in the Sierra Nevadas.Janet moved to Arizona in the late 70’s and finished up school at the University of Arizona. She worked  for 30 years as a Clinical Dietitian, specializing in Nutritional Support. After retiring Janet has been enjoying traveling, birding and working with fellow committee members at her local Church.

Janet Stein grew up in Old Saybrook, CT but left the east coast to attend Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA where she graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Management in 1980. Janet’s interest in marine mammals lead her to continue her education and she obtained a Masters in Marine Biology from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in 1989. She has worked for numerous private and government agencies conducting work on marine mammal /fisheries interactions, researching threatened birds including marbled murrelets and spotted owls and most recently studying the impact of invasive plants in Island County Washington. Janet has been happily married for 36 years and has two children that also love the outdoors. Recently retired, Janet now hopes to do more traveling and spend more time birdwatching, a hobby she loves.

Red Warbler, Rose Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts, AZ ©Dave Stejskal All Rights Reserved.

 Red Warbler, Rose Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts, SEAZ. Photo Courtesy ©Dave Stejskal All Rights Reserved.

Show Notes:

  • background on your interest in birding and bird watching. 
  • Tell us about the finding the bird. What were you looking for, before your day got real exciting? 
  • Where was it found, tell us about the area and birding here at this time of year. 
  • How long did you stay on the bird?
  • What processes did you take to identify the bird and document the sighting? 
  • You must have alerted other birders, tell us about that. Janet M
  • Do you find rare birds like this every year? Both Janet M to start
  • A second group of birders later that afternoon found the warbler again and got some more photos. Tell us about that. 
  • The next day, Tuesday April 10, a gang of bird watchers scoured the area but were unable to relocate the bird. For those that are unfamiliar with what happens next can you tell us about the process and thinking behind the follow up. 
  • What is known about this warbler that is endemic to Mexico. There are apparently several races, told apart by range and cheek patch color. 
  • If accepted this will be the first record of this bird in Arizona. What has or will be done to have this sighting considered by the Arizona Rare Birds Record Committee? 
  • Any parting thoughts on this experience that you would like to pass on?
Red Warbler, Rose Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts, AZ ©Dave Stejskal All Rights Reserved.

 Red Warbler, Rose Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts, SEAZ. Photo Courtesy ©Dave Stejskal All Rights Reserved.

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Red Warbler, Rose Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts, AZ ©Dave Stejskal All Rights Reserved.

                          Red Warbler, Rose Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts, SEAZ Photo Courtesy ©Dave Stejskal All Rights Reserved.


  1. Diane Watjen on May 2, 2018 at 4:53 am

    We loved the story that Janet S and Janet M ‘s finding of the Red Warbler! What a great community you have created through your radio show! … How do I leave a review?

  2. Julie Eliason on May 3, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Great interview of my friend Janet Stein. What an exciting sighting.

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