February 07, 2016

Minus tide at Duxbury Reef

Some of my friends wanted to go tidepooling, so we had this nice minus tide on the calendar. Lots of kids in tow so hard to cover too much ground or do too much extreme tidepooling, but saw some cool stuff.

This was only my second trip to Duxbury, and the last time I went I didn't go over 'the ridge' to the south so I was determined to get there this time. It was definitely worth it. While there were tons of people near the entrance, almost no one was over the ridge. I was greeted by a nice Great Blue Heron for Heron Week foraging among the tides.
It was weird because there was so much freshwater runoff from all the rain we're getting that the pools were a bit fuller than usual despite the low tide, and annoyingly cloudy. My main mission was to find an octopus for the kids. I succeeded in catching the second one we saw. There was a crazy abundance of Hopkin's Roses and we found a few Hilton's Aeolid. Other than that nothing to out of the ordinary, but it was such a beautiful clear day and was so much fun to splash around in the pools with my one year old, that this was definitely one of my favorite tidepool outings ever.

Posted on February 07, 2016 06:52 PM by loarie loarie | 18 observations | 1 comments | Leave a comment

Early Spring at Mt. Burdell

Went on a late morning hike to Mt. Burdell mainly because I was reminded by Doreen Smith's upcoming Marin CNPS trip that this was a good spot to hit in Early Spring.

My plan was to head straight to the wildflowery spot where I'd been a few times before but I somehow ended up at a different trailhead and got a bit turned around. I ended up first heading up the hill towards Mt. Burdell proper and snooped around in a tiny creek that was full of newts. I also saw some cool fruiting slime molds and a few interesting crickets. Was cool to see Margined Whites flying among the Milkmaids

Next I headed over to the wildflowery area. The Blennosperma were blooming in full force and the Fremont's star lillies were just starting but still a good display. I only saw one blue dick blooming. I didn't make it over to the place where I know Fragrant Fritillary blooms about now. Lots of Cows and horses and lots of Yellow dung flies on the cow paddy's they leave behind. I still think these are beautiful flies considering their name and habit...

Posted on February 07, 2016 06:38 PM by loarie loarie | 24 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

January 24, 2016


Went out looking for hawks and newt, found hawks but no newts. Was nice to be reminded that the Bay Area is indeed in the Pacific Northwest (and not Nevada) with all this rain. Fetid Adder's Tongue are up and in Bloom!

Was pouring rain pretty much the whole time but luckily I brought an umbrella.

These steams were bone dry most of the last year - awesome to see them looking so lush

rain stopped for a bit an unsaddled the girl to catch a Ligidium

Posted on January 24, 2016 01:30 PM by loarie loarie | 19 observations | 7 comments | Leave a comment

November 04, 2015

Welcome wagon

I spend alot of time ID'ing other people's obs, but not as much welcoming new people to the site, partially because we don't have good ways to easily search for these new users.

I'm going to try using this journal post as a place to share the URLs of observations made within the last 24 hours that represent the user's first observation. The plan is I'll paste them in daily as comments on this post. And I'll plan to reference this list if I'm feeling like spending some time welcoming new users. Please feel free to join me or pass this post onto other who might want to help.

@tiwane, @carrieseltzer, @sambiology, @joelle I know you've each asked for functionality to try to locate these new users. This will be a poor mans version of it to see whether an welcoming interface for searching for this kind of new content is worth building.

Today and the weekend:
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402694 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402667 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402657 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402790 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402977 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402725 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402929 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402708 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402905 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403007 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403107 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403009 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403197 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403324 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403369 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403512 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403937 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403795 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2404443 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2404351 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2404805 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2404518 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405145 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403418 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405084 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405159 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405205 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405353 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2404512 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405891 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405850 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2404541 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405922 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2406603 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2406109 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2406312 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2406696 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2406735 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405332 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2404223 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2407246 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2404119 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2407618 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2403099 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2407696 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408813 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408949 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2409277 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2409447 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2409343 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2409557 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2409955 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410082 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410208 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410333 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410378 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410688 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410701 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410765 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410812 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2410942 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2411022 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2411051 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2411123 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2411161 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2411502 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2411608 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2411582 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2411511 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2407839 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2405017 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2407904 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2407876 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408010 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2407787 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408031 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408055 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408152 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408371 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408397 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408364 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408417 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408568 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408633 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408644 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2408728 (inat)

last week (Nov 20) are:
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400370 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400562 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400440 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400706 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401220 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401242 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401093 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401365 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401803 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401900 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401918 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401939 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401982 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400929 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402010 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402029 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401967 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402073 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401860 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401871 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402262 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402074 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402338 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402345 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2401647 (NZ)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402083 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402160 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402171 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402217 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2402241 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399886 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399889 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399962 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400054 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400070 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400087 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399888 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400127 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400109 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400101 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400142 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400154 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400171 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400176 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400341 (inat)

last week (Nov 19) obs were:
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398691 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400370 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400440 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400562 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398908 (NZ)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399179 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398937 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398434 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399245 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398248 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399515 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398935 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399401 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399491 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399667 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399629 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399637 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399660 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399640 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399641 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399643 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399646 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399644 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399649 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399648 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398395 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398369 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398645 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398555 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398624 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2398590 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399816 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399846 (MX)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399771 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399886 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399889 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399962 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399776 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399778 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399836 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400054 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400070 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400087 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2399888 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400127 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400109 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400101 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400142 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400154 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400171 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400176 (inat)
www.inaturalist.org/observations/2400341 (inat)

Posted on November 04, 2015 08:16 AM by loarie loarie | 18 comments | Leave a comment

October 16, 2015

Mission Tylos punctatus

@finatic & @jaykeller, I sadly dipped on my hunt for Tylos punctatus during my 2 hour nature window during yesterday's one day work visit to San Diego.

These are very cool native endangered Oniscideans (woodlice/rollypollys) that barely make it into the US along SoCal beaches north to Capistrano Beach. The crazy thing is since these beaches are so developed they're barely hanging on. This paper describes a study that resurveyed Tylos and another native declining Oniscidean with similar habits Alloniscus perconvexus that ranges up to the Bay Area where I've found it a few times.

On Fig 2a of the paper it looked like Silver Strand Beach to the south and Torrey Pines to the north of San Diego are the last places nearby to see Tylos. I went to Silver Strand because it was nearer, but a more careful read shows that there's actually just one surviving population in the whole 'Silver Strand cell'. I talked to the authors and they confirmed that Torrey Pines is a more reliable place to find these guys (and has the added bonus of also having Alloniscus perconvexus).

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to avenge my tragic dip and tick Tylos punctatus in San Diego county on iNat. Sections 2.2 & 2.4 of the paper describe how to find these guys during the day (digging down under wracks ~20cm along the high tide line and looking for a pillbug about the size of your last pinky joint - I can confirm this works for Alloniscus). At night, according to Jonathan Wright who studies these:

"I haven't searched for Tylos in the San Diego area, but they should be common there. Any quieter sandy beach would be good habitat. Torrey Pines State Beach looks promising. Just scan the debris along the strand line from the previous high tide after sundown; I've usually found them when it's completely dark - 1-2h after sunset - and they should be active most of the night. Depending on the beach, you may find Alloniscus much commoner than Tylos or vice versa. I've not been able to differentiate their specific habitat requirements, though they are usually found together. Both are beautiful animals! I've found Tylos in the highest densities at Malibu Beach, though this is near their northern limit, so I suspect the San Diego area might be even better. I do worry, however, about the increasing use of SUVs to patrol beaches and the impact this may have on the populations of both these species. I've not found them in a long stretch of Huntington Beach where such traffic is heavy."

If you guys are successful, I'll commit to a similar Bay Area mission of your choosing...

Happy hunting,


Posted on October 16, 2015 05:09 AM by loarie loarie | 1 observations | 16 comments | Leave a comment

April 29, 2015

From Phoenix to Bon Tempe Lake (Trip)

My 5 month old finally seems big enough to fit in one of those little backpack carrier things that I inherited from my brother. So Jess and I tested it out by hiking from the East entrance to Phoenix Lake (off Crown Road) all the way to and around Lake Lagunitas and back. It was a great success. Naturalizing is a lot easier with the baby up high and in back like that. It was previously hard to bend over and take pictures with her strapped in the front.

My targets for the trip were Viola ocellata and Romanzoffia californica around Lake Lagunitas which I read about in Sharon Salisbury's May 1, 2010 trip report and Calochortus uniflorus in the Lagunitas Meadows I read about in Calen Hall's April 13, 2005 post. I saw all 3 (all new to me) and also Castilleja ambigua growing alongside the Calochortus uniflorus in the meadows.

Other highlights were swarms of Adela septentrionella on a blooming hawthorn and their surrounding ocean spray host plant. I also finally got a good pic of Beaverpond Baskettail - my last encounter with this species was really frustrating because they didn't land at all! My comical highlight from the trip was this little beetle threesome from swarms on a white douglas iris. Anyone know what kind of beetle they are?

Posted on April 29, 2015 01:40 PM by loarie loarie | 69 observations | 4 comments | Leave a comment

March 31, 2015

mothing effort (Trip)

Trying out my blacklight again. No macroleps tonight except a cool Western Pero and a cool Western Yellowstriped Armyworm. But a cool 'flock' of little mayflies like I'd never seen showed up which was also cool...

Posted on March 31, 2015 09:40 AM by loarie loarie | 3 observations | 4 comments | Leave a comment

August 02, 2014

GGPark Break (Trip)

Spent some time snooping around Cal Academy of Sciences for some things that had been seen around me. Couldn't track down the insects, birds (lots of bushtits however) or rodents, but did pretty well on the plants

Posted on August 02, 2014 11:37 AM by loarie loarie | 8 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 17, 2014

Glen Park Run (Trip)

I took a run through Glen Park looking for a few things found there historically...

Posted on July 17, 2014 11:51 AM by loarie loarie | 7 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 03, 2014

timetest (Trip)

This is test Trip created from BioCaching mobile app

Posted on July 03, 2014 07:30 AM by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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