9
taxa
2 plants
1 other animal
1 reptile
1 mammal
1 amphibian
2 insects
1 arachnid
13
life list firsts

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What

Meadow spittlebug (Philaenus spumarius) Philaenus spumarius

Date

April 17, 2012 11:07 AM PDT

Description

Around my school, down by the river that runs by it, I saw something that looked like spit. I first thought it was just some guy trying to be cool and spitting for no reason, until I noticed that it was everywhere on the plants. It wasn't messy like someone spitting it out of their mouth either; it was in a neat blob suspended off the ground by the plants. This is when I realized it was a spittlebug. There was tons of them, not just one. It was really quite amazing.

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soldier beetles (Family Cantharidae) Family Cantharidae

Date

April 17, 2012 11:15 AM PDT

Description

There are some bushes on the edge of my school where a fence lays. I was walking past these bushes and I found a small beetle crawling around on the leaves. I had seen this beetle before, but never knew what it was. I looked it up and I think it is a solider beetle.

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rodents (Order Rodentia) Order Rodentia

Date

April 17, 2012 11:38 AM PDT

Description

Out in the back of my school, there is a field. I was walking around out there, looking for exciting organisms, when I lifted up a tire and found this. It looks to me like this is a mouse nest. There were many other signs of mice and rats in that field from the holes I saw in the ground. I even saw some grass move quickly as if something was crawling away, but it was too fast for me to catch it.

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Southern Alligator lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Date

April 17, 2012 11:39 AM PDT

Description

In the same field in the back of my school (the one I saw the mouse nest in), I found some boards by the fence edge. When I lifted up the boards, another man that was with me caught this alligator lizard. He was huge! Which probably meant he had a good food supply in that field: there were tons of spiders there, and many other bugs. To me, it seems like he has a good life. A nice field where the sun hits, with a slightly damp ground. We found a smaller alligator lizard on the other end of the field as well, so it must be a popular place for these guys.

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earthworms Subclass Oligochaeta

Date

April 17, 2012 11:50 AM PDT

Description

The field in the back of my school has some good gardeners to keep it going. Natural gardeners. I found tons of these little helpers out in the more moist parts of the field. It's good to know that someone is taking good care of such a life filled field.

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harvestmen (Order Opiliones) Order Opiliones

Date

April 17, 2012 11:55 AM PDT

Description

In a small field in the back of my school, I saw something scurry across a rock. Me and my friend grabbed a frisbee and scooped up the small animal. Turns out there are harvest men in our small field. This one was sure fast. I didn't see any others, but I'm sure there are more of them out there; they might have just been too fast for me to see.

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Genus Galium Genus Galium

Date

April 17, 2012 12:03 PM PDT

Description

While walking beside a river by my school, trying to stay out of poison oak, I saw a medium size plant growing down by my leg. I took a closer look, and felt the velcro surface of the stem. I could tell I had found some bedstraw among the other plants. I walked a few more steps and saw some more! Seems like bedstraw liked to grow there because I saw it spread out around there.

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Date

April 17, 2012 12:04 PM PDT

Description

While walking around by a river by my school, I flipped over a rock and saw two salamanders. Seems like these two have found their mate for life. I'm happy for them. It seems like this moist bed by the river is the perfect home for these two.

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What

Family Cyperaceae Family Cyperaceae

Date

April 17, 2012 12:06 PM PDT

Description

I found this plant by my school that has a river running by it. It was mixed in with some other plants around it, including poison oak. I believe it is a sedge.