Journal archives for October 2022

October 04, 2022

75% of the road - 09/26/2022

Monday, 9:30-2:00 pm. no live newts. 5 dead newts.
Weather: nice.
Coverage: Jones trailhead to the 6 population study site. I walked with about 15 different experts, researching the road for the newt passage project!
Newts: 5 newts, one of which was a juvenile. There could have been a couple more, I might have missed them as a survey wasn't the main goal of the day. All newts were dry, have been there for at least a few days.
Other roadkills: one fence lizard, one toad.
Traffic: didn't count traffic, but it was rather usual for the season :)
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=37.223789340027245&nelng=-121.75028018588714&on=2022-09-26&place_id=any&subview=map&swlat=37.148572203670994&swlng=-122.1821802103012&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on October 04, 2022 07:11 PM by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

A beautiful new article about our newts!

Check out the new article with great artwork published today about our newts - https://ucscsciencenotes.com/feature/the-peril-of-alma-bridge-road/

Posted on October 04, 2022 09:20 PM by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 07, 2022

North section - 10/07/2022

Friday, 9:25-11:08 am. no live newts. 2 dead newts.
Weather: sunny, nice.
Coverage: Jones trailhead to stop sign. I walked with a new volunteer - Molly!
Newts: 2 newts, both tiny juveniles.
Other roadkills: 2 fence lizards, a gopher snake, a tarantula hawk.
Traffic: 17 cars, 2 trucks, 0 motorcycles, 2 bikes, 9 pedestrians, 21 parked cars (0 cars at the farther parking lot).
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-10-07&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on October 07, 2022 10:23 PM by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 13, 2022

North section - 10/13/2022

Thursday, 9:49-11:20 am. no live newts. 1 dead newt.
Weather: a bit cold, then nice.
Coverage: Jones trailhead to stop sign. I walked with new volunteers - Annie and Michael!
Newts: 1 newt, very dry.
Other roadkills: 2 fence lizards, 3 Jerusalem crickets.
Traffic: 9 cars, 5 trucks, 0 motorcycles, 2 bikes, 17 pedestrians, 17 parked cars (0 cars at the farther parking lot).
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-10-13&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
While I was waiting in the parking lot, I met Midpen people who were waiting for their participants to arrive - they were leading a hike at the Jones trail (with cute dogs!). We had a long conversation about the newt study, and we're planning to enhance our collaboration in the near future. I invited them to join our surveys, so that could do better outreach about our study.

Posted on October 13, 2022 08:07 PM by merav merav | 1 comment | Leave a comment

October 19, 2022

North section - 10/19/2022

Wednesday, 9:15-10:54 am. no live newts. 1 dead newt.
Weather: nice. Supposed to get very hot.
Coverage: Jones trailhead to stop sign. I walked alone.
Newts: 1 newt, very dry.
Other roadkills: 2 snakes: a California Striped Racer and a nightsnake.
I saw many deer near limekiln - at least 8 at the reservoir side, and about 4 more on the hill side. both inside the canyon.
Traffic: 15 cars, 10 trucks, 1 motorcycle, 5 bikes, 5 pedestrians, 18 parked cars (4 cars at the farther parking lot!).
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-10-19&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on October 19, 2022 07:13 PM by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 28, 2022

North section - 10/29/2022

Friday, 9:20-10:48 am. no live newts. 1 dead newt.
Weather: cold.
Coverage: Jones trailhead to stop sign. I walked with Sophie L.
Newts: 1 newt, very dry.
Other roadkills: fence lizard, Jerusalem Cricket, grasshopper.
Traffic: 19 cars, 3 trucks, 0 motorcycles, 0 bikes, 10 pedestrians, 14 parked cars (0 cars at the farther parking lot).
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-10-28&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on October 28, 2022 09:52 PM by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment