I had the pleasure of meeting Lowell Diller and his staff last week at Green Diamond Resource Company.
This is California's NW coast: redwoods, Douglas fir and banana slugs, the rain forest.
Appropriately, it was raining.
Lowell gave me a lesson in finding tree vole nests.
Drive very slowly with your head out the window, one eye on the road, and one eye on the canopy.
Note: we were on a restricted dirt logging road.
Don't try it on winding roads with traffic, like the coast highway.
When you find what looks like a nest made of fir needles scope it out with binoculars to see if it is occupied.
If it is littered with green sprigs of fir and green resin ducts you probably have an active nest.
Diller is a pro at it, but it didn't take long for the codger to catch on.
When I spotted the atypical nest below, I passed the final exam with flying colors.