Camera trap for reintroduced bear cubs.
These tiny native fishes represents the largest biomass in the creek.
Rarely seen, they are cryptic and hide out under rocks.
This is Cujo, a native Lahontan Cutthroat trout raised in the Forest Service office aquarium and released into Sagehen Creek.
The native LCTs were extirpated from Sagehen Creek by the introduction of Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout.
We are studying these fish with an eye toward eventual reintroduction.
For many years, an American Dipper made her nest on the side of the fishhouse.
We enjoyed watching her through the window as she'd swim and dive. She'd toss her babies' eggshells and white castings into the channel in front of the window, and one year a chick ended up in there, too.
Unfortunately, we had a huge winter and she decided to move her nest to a place that was great while the snowbanks lasted, but which failed after they melted.
Hopefully, a dipper will nest here again!
Funny flower with blossoms on the bottom, leaves on top for shade.
Gorgeous flower that fills the meadows with purple haze in wet years.
This is the most famous meadow, but there are also nice flowers in Kiln Meadow, the Sagehen Campground, and the dry meadow across the creek from the Lower Camp.
This bird was caught by Walter and Scott, our MAPS bird banders.
The Chestnut-sided Warbler is an east coast species. This was the first record of it being sighted in Nevada County, CA.
Kee-rist! Vipers leaping from trees.
This path is pretty creepy in the dark. Thousands of eyes blinking at you, many belonging to these guys, but lots of bigger ones, too.
Then there's always the deadly black snakes to watch for.
Those white things are tags on the cute little guy's wings.
Howler monkeys. They signal social status with these glaringly white scrotums.
It was hilarious watching their reaction to the guys with white hair!
Their fur is so soft, despite the moss and moths.
Slender lizards are really tasty, so they lay an egg a day to keep the population up.
Bird watching in the jungle is hard--too much vegetation.
Ironically, it's much easier and more successful at the edges of the field station clearing.
These Bullet Ants are big: about 3/4". Their sting is apparently the most painful in the animal kingdom: 24 hours of searing agony.