06 de dezembro de 2019

Newt survey - North side, Wednesday 12/04

December 4, 2019 (Wednesday) 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
About a week since the rain started.
During the survey it was drizzling part of the time. I documented 101 dead newts, some were fresh, some have been there for a few days, but since I only saw one the previous time, I documented them all.
Other roadkills: one toad, one other amphibian, one millipede. I saw only one live newt, but it wasn't crossing the road, it was under a log (I haven't added it to the live newt project).
Coverage: north part - Jones trailhead to the stop sign (37.187875, -121.986516) plus spot-checked the Jones Trail trailhead.
Rainfall: (MTD: 2.73 in; YTD: 6.21 in) The weather was cold and wet, drizzle.
Traffic: Light traffic. Five gravel trucks, two maintenance trucks, 16 cars. The county parks truck was clearing the road, probably removing some more dead newts.

Publicado em 06 de dezembro de 2019, 07:44 PM por merav merav | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

05 de dezembro de 2019

newt survey 12/04 - southern half

107 dead newts, 3 live newts.
December 4, 2019 (Wednesday) 11:30am-1:30pm
Weather: Had just finished raining. Overcast and 53F.
Other roadkill: 1 Western Toad, 1 California Slender Salamander, 1 Western Fence Lizard, 1 (Bull?)frog.
Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to just after the big Soda Springs road bend (37°11'12.6"N 121°59'09.5"W).
Rainfall: MTD: 2.73 in; YTD: 6.21 in
Traffic: Light. 13 vehicles, half of which were local traffic (saw them entering/exiting spur roads).

Today there was a section just south of the Soda Springs bend that had a bunch of tiny baby newts, both alive (the only live ones I saw today) and flattened. Here's a very cute live one being moved off the road to newt another day: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/36368929
Today again all the living newts were heading away from the reservoir.

Publicado em 05 de dezembro de 2019, 05:31 AM por sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 2 comentários | Deixar um comentário

02 de dezembro de 2019

newt survey 11/30 - southern half

4 dead newts, 4 live newts.
November 30, 2019 (Saturday) 3pm-5pm
Weather: Light intermittent drizzle while I walked. Chilly but not really cold (high 40s-low 50s).
Other roadkill: None.
Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to just after the big Soda Springs road bend (37°11'07.5"N 121°59'07.8"W).
Rainfall: (MTD: 3.40 in; YTD: 3.48 in)
Traffic: Light traffic; around 20 cars or so.

The dead newts were all fresh. All of the alive newts and most of the dead newts I saw were heading east, away from the reservoir. They were also concentrated in two areas (blue pins):

Talked briefly to a couple of friendly Midpen Open Space rangers who pulled over to check I was okay. They knew there was a "newt person" who'd been surveying (one of them apparently met Anne once), and I told them there'd be a bunch of people surveying this year.

Publicado em 02 de dezembro de 2019, 01:20 AM por sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 3 comentários | Deixar um comentário

28 de novembro de 2019

Newt survey - 11/27 - after the first rain

1 dead newt, 0 live newts.
November 27, 2019 (Wednesday) 10:30 am – 12:20 pm
The first big rain event has just started the day before. It started in the afternoon, and continued through the night. During the survey there was little to no drizzle. I only found 1 fresh dead newt, probably died this morning.
No other roadkills.
Coverage: Vulcan quarry to the stop sign (37.187875, -121.986516) plus spot-checked the Jones Trail trailhead.
Rainfall: (MTD: 1.74 in; YTD: 1.8 in) The weather was cold and wet, light drizzle.
Traffic: Light traffic. Two gravel trucks, two maintenance trucks, 16 cars, and one bike.

Publicado em 28 de novembro de 2019, 06:17 AM por merav merav | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

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