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Red Swamp Crayfish Procambarus clarkii

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Date

January 31, 2011

Description

In quiet water 10 meters downstream of concrete crossing. About four inches long. Left pincher smaller than right and partly deformed in regeneration of new claw. Dark brown in color with dark orange undersides and claws. Not a good photo but the best I could do.

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Arboreal Salamander Aneides lugubris

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Date

January 31, 2011

Description

Discovered under a decaying log. Six inches long. Last inch of tail lighter in color and without spots suggesting regeneration of that section of the tail. Gave out a slight "squeak" when first handled. Have heard this before from previous encounters.

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clasping twig gall wasp Disholcaspis prehensa

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Date

October 20, 2005

Description

Disholcaspis prehensa (Russo) Found on trail 15 associated with Q. durata. Also found black ants 'protecting' these honey dew producing galls.

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beaked twig gall wasp Disholcaspis plumbella

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Date

October 20, 2005

Description

Disholcaspis plumbella, (Russo). Trail 15 associated with Q. durata Great colors slowly fading. Often at tip end of branch.

Photo two shows the exit hole from a previous year's gall. The chamber is now filled with frass.

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California Slender Salamander Batrachoseps attenuatus

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Date

February 3, 2011

Description

common under rocks and logs. 2 to 3 inches long, very small legs. Lungless so breathes through its skin.

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Soil Centipedes (Order Geophilomorpha) Order Geophilomorpha

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Date

February 3, 2011

Description

I found this under the bark of a fallen Oak branch. Because of the cool temp it was not very active.

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Date

February 3, 2011

Description

This wingless yellowjacket was under the bark of a downed oak tree. I believe it is an overwintering queen. Either the Vespula group or Dolichovespula arenaria. As I look closer the wings are folded down and under the body. I needed the original photo to spot them.

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February 3, 2011

Description

SAME creature different view

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Genus Tylobolus Genus Tylobolus

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Date

June 20, 2007

Description

While out in the garden today I observed a struggle of life and death. A millipede,Tylobolus claremontus(?), was being attacked by another creature as shown above. I was unsure which was attacking which until I separated the two and the black and yellow attacker searched for the millipede again and essentially grabbed it by the throat and then wrapped its body around the head. I separated them again, this time leaving the predator near the tail of the millipede. The
predator searched briefly and then crawled along the entire length of its prey and again attacked the head area.

This was my second millipede of the day, having spotted a yellow-spotted millipede, Harpaphe haydeniana, while at Huddart Park with a group of kids from East Palo Alto.

The death scene must have lasted at least ten minutes, certainly time to get the camera and to interject myself into this life and death struggle. While my instinct was to free the millipede from the death threat, I felt that life must go on and that at times we must not interfere with the natural
flow of nature and allow things to come to their natural conclusion. What I observed was the female larviform of the adult phase of the Railroad Beetle. Males develop into beetle form but the females remain in larviform

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Date

May 18, 2008

Description

ORDER: CETACEA
MYSTICETI (Baleen)
FAMILIES: Eschrichtidae
Gray Whale
Balaenpteridae
Blue, Fin-backed, Hump-backed, Sei, Little piked
Balaenidae
Right
All of the above whales are Baleen whales and thus are candidates for the fossilized rib bone found at Sunset Beach, Point Reyes National Park, (Summer, 2002). According to Doug Long at the California Academy of Sciences, you would need a piece of the skull to determine which family.
These bones originate in the Purisima Formation which runs from just north of Pt. Reyes south to Santa Cruz and Aptos. This formation dates from seven to nine million years before present. Considering that formation is on the west side of the San Andreas Fault and fault movement averages two inches a year, this whale died somewhere near the present location of San Luis Obispo.

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San Francisco Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis ssp. tetrataenia

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Date

July 6, 2002

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(Somewhere...)

Description

I was off trail walking through tall grass when I spotted the snake.

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Tule Elk Cervus elaphus

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Date

August 6, 2006

Description

Out past Pierce Ranch

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California Newt Taricha torosa

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Date

March 18, 2004

Description

along the creek trail. It was headed towards the creek

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Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

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Date

February 5, 2001

Description

Near the airport

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salt marsh harvest mouse Reithrodontomys raviventris

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Date

February 26, 2001

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Description

During a very high tide in 1990

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Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

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Date

February 26, 2001

Description

Along the walkway behind the Interpretive Center

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February 26, 2001

Description

Along levee out towards the airport

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February 26, 2005

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Nesting season at the Duck pond in the palms

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Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) Asio flammeus

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Date

February 26, 2005

Description

Out near the outflow from the treatment plant

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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Date

April 26, 2006

Description

Mayfield Slough. The day before there were at least 50 collectively feeding; moving from one side to the other of the slough in a line of at least 15 herding the fish before all feeding at the same time. Had observed similar cooperative feeding of pelicans in Africa only there it was done as a circle

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Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

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Date

February 26, 2001

Description

Normally see them along the tule stands along San Antonio Slough or in the large depression nearest the parking lot

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orangutans (Genus Pongo) Genus Pongo

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the past

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San Diego Zoo. I couldn't resist the sun hat opportunity

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polar bear Ursus maritimus

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the past

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Churchill, Manitoba, Canada with the California Academy of Sciences. A fantastic adventure among gathering polar bears who were waiting for the ice to form for the winter. Also saw lots of Arctic Fox and Snowy Owl

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polar bear Ursus maritimus

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the past

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polar bear Ursus maritimus

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the past

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buckbrush Ceanothus cuneatus

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Date

February 9, 2011

Description

Top of Trail 9

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

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Date

February 9, 2011

Description

Out in the serpentine grasslands mating

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clasping twig gall wasp Disholcaspis prehensa

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Date

February 9, 2011

Description

Top of trail 9, again on Q durata. Appeared to be from last year in that they were all dried up. Opened one and found dry powder.

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chaparral currant Ribes malvaceum

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Date

February 9, 2011

Description

Trail 9 hidden behind ceanothus

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stellar sea lion Eumetopias jubatus

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Date

June 22, 2004

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Description

Although we saw thousands, this was a single male 'guarding' a trail to a lookout overlooking the harbor.

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