(Southern right whale breaching, South Africa) 

Jim Scarff's
Eclectic Home Page

Welcome from Berkeley, California, USA. I recently took an early retirement to devote more time to travelling and pursuing my other interests. In late 2005 I spent 7 weeks in South Africa participating in an Earthwatch expedition on right whales, and photographing wildlife. In February I spent 10 days in Baja sea kayaking and seeing the gray whales in the lagoons. Hopefully, I will now have more time to update this webpage and include some photos from those trips.

Last updated: May 8, 2010

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(So. right whale breaching, St Helena Bay, South Africa 2005)


 (photo of me in Ireland)
(photo of yours truly in Ireland)

Celtic Traditional Music

The traditional music of Ireland, Scotland & Cape Breton, Nova Scotia is thriving, and the Bay Area is a great place to hear it. Upcoming concerts, new albums, and recommended albums for those new to this music.

(Chestnut-billed toucan)
(Chestnut-mandibled toucan, Costa Rica, 2004)

Wildlife Photo Gallery

Wildlife photograpy has been a major hobby of mine for a long time. I have posted over 2,000 of my better photos on-line. My default gallery is now Flckr. If I have time, I also post the same photos to pBase.com. (My Flickr site tends to have much more info about each photo (and is better for networking); the pBase website may display the photos better. Your choice. Enjoy.

(No. Pac. right whale jpg)
North Pacific Right Whale

The North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) is clearly the most endangered of the great whales. The mainstay of the whaling industry in the 1840's, this whale may have been more numerous than gray whales. Now it may number only in the hundreds, if that. Here is more info about its current status.  

(Black and white lemur)
(Black and white ruffed lemur, Varecia variegata variegata


The endangered lemurs of Madagascar are as interesting and engaging as they are handsome.

(Coyote, Yosemite Valley)

The IUCN Canid Specialist Group

Since 1999, I have been the webmaster of the CSG, a group of 75 scientists around the world expert on the status and biology of the 36 species of wild canids. The group has devoted particular efforts to the endangered species which include the African wild dog (Lycoan pictus), the Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis), the dhole (Cuon alpinus), and the Island grey fox (Urocyon litoralis) found only on the Channel Islands off southern California. Much more info and pictures of these and the other wild canid species can be found on the CSG website. 



Author under GG Bridge

Sea Kayaking Primer - a whimsical look at kayaking with wildlife.

(Irish flag)

I've been to Ireland seven times, mostly on bicycle. I've got some information about music, travel by bicycle, and literature in Ireland, but I have not updated this in years... Fáilte!


All photos on this website (except those of me) have been taken by me. They are all copyrighted and may not be used without permission. For permission, please contact me, Jim Scarff at: jim@sfcelticmusic.com


This virtual pothole on the Information Freeway was created on November 26, 1995.