Base of the leaves have little ears. Thanks, Ivan!
Arctostaphylos manzanita? Leaves shiny glabrous, no sign of whitish fuzz in some other manzanitas. Growing in rocky south-facing chaparral with A. auriculata.
Northern Checkerspot is my best guess, but I would love confirmation / alternate suggestions. Doesn't seem black enough to be one of our local Variable Checkerspots, but then again who knows, they're called variable for a reason, I presume.
Life bird for me, but not one I think I would have recognized on my own. Call was quite distinctive, something like ts-ts-tzeeeeeeee. Beak is also quite a bit heavier than most other local sparrows.
Noctua pronuba, perhaps?
I did quite a bit of searching but still a mystery to me. Soft, fuzzy plant growing in grassland.
aka Pseudacris regilla
Tons of babies were found along with this adult.
Could be the male of the Anastrangalia laetifica I saw nearby.
I guess the tusks are palps. They look crazy.
One of our nicer finds of the day, under a big wooden board.