Found this on a Merritt College Herpetology class field trip. The USGS who was conducting surveys in the area and studying the giant garter snake took our class along on a hike to witness some of their field work. It was really neat to see them install a radio transmitter into the snake so that they could monitor its movements. I highly recommend the class to anyone in the area. There will be another class this Fall 2013 semester, BIO 61D Fall Herpetology class code 40130. To apply and enroll visit the website www.peralta.edu and if you have any questions just ask me.
Yet another backyard buddy. Found this guy in a very small web with the folding of a paper bag which held some baby chicken feed. Which isn't a bad place for a spider to hangout as we occasionally have moths laying their eggs in the feed. The larva have all the food they need so its not a bad place for the moths either. If the larva do hatch it would only mean extra protein for the chicken. I guess its a win win for everyone involved with the chicken feed bag. This spider reminds me of a sac spider I found in the yard a couple months ago, but I am still so incredibly new to spiders its hard for me to say. Maybe another type of funnel weaver?
The city of Oakland has many parks, but I am almost certain this is the first observation made for Madison Park. Popular with all walks of life, but mainly older Chinese folks practicing tai chi in the morning, sleeping drunks by day amongst the screaming children and now apparently jumping spiders.
Found this poor little guy dead in the middle of the road.
I love milkweed flowers, unfortunately I just missed these ones. Found this small group of plants growing along the roadside.
Found this growing the in sandy portions of a alluvial fan of a dried up creek. Is this Kalamath weed?
gooble gooble gooble
Brain fart, I can't remember what this shrub is called. Buckbrush?
Seen a lot of garter snakes while swimming on the river. This was the only one that had red markings. All the others were black and yellow.
What's another word for poop, that starts with S and ends with T kids?
Pretty fresh stuff, I would say that it was laid down the night before.
Seen on the Sunset campground nature trail. Growing in the thick of the chaparral among lots of chamise, and manzanitas. Soil was poor, kinda sandy, and conditions were very very hot and dry. There was a interpretive guide, but it simply referred to this shrub as a scrub oak.
Went camping for a couple days with the family. Lake Pillsbury is one of our favorite places to go. It is a little off the beaten trail, but its definitely worth it. The lake was only 40 percent full this time we visited, which meant there was no good swimming water immediately by the campground. We ended up driving around the lake to where the Lake Pillsbury Resort is located and swam there for a while.
Sunset campground, site 6
Oregon white oak observed on the Sunset campground nature trial. Growing on the fringe of a oak pine woodland and the chaparral.
Huge old madrone found on the Sunset campground nature trail.
Out back doing some yard work, found this little guy under some bags of mulch. Is it a type of grass spider?
One of the coolest parts of staying at Clear Lake despite the lake not actually being that clear were these grebes. There were hundreds of them swimming and fishing around the edges of the lake. Even more astounding was that many were participating in their courting dances. The movements are completed so seamlessly, and coupled with the beauty of the bird, makes it something that any fan of nature should seek to witness in person. Although, some of the birds were not so graceful. Possibly young ones that hadn't learned all the moves yet, would lay on the fringes swimming in to take their stab at the dance only to fall meters short of their more experienced partner.
Really poor photo, so I don't know how much it will help in identification. Seen late at night on a trip to the bathroom during a camping trip at Clear Lake State Park.
Seen late at night in the wash house while on a camping trip to Clear Lake State park.
Took my nephew fishing for the fist time at Clear Lake. We were not having not much luck, and I was attempting to untangle a line that was caught in a tree from a previous cast of the young novice fisherman when I hear my nephew screaming, "CHRIS!, CHRIS!, your fishing pole is moving!" I yell back "grab that pole Boy!" Dougie, my nephew grabs the pole and starts to scream some more, "It's too strong, it's too strong Chris it's gonna pull me in!" Surprisingly he held on long enough for me to scramble over and aid him in reeling it in. The whole time he was in amazement especially when he seen the strange underwater creature attached to the other end of the line. We released the catfish after taking a look at it, and he was very eager to continue fishing afterwards unfortunately the mosquitoes at that point were becoming unbearable. I'm not a 100% on the ID and would appreciate some input.