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Wolf Spiders Family Lycosidae

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

When in vacaville, I spotted this spider scurrying around. it looked as is it had two rows of little tiny (Almost un-seen) dots on its rear end. It's egg-sack (Which it was carrying along with it, by dragging it while it was attached to his butt) looked almost like a white small pebble, but when you looked closer, it looked like a miniature ball of yarn. He was a dark brown color, and was extremely protective of his egg sack. He even tried to go down a crack in the ground, but the egg sack was too big, so he turned around and looked for a different hiding spot. It was a pretty warm day out when I saw him. The spider was also not all too big. It was about the size of a quarter.

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

In Vacaville, I always see this flock of turkeys wondering around. I also can tell when they are coming because they "Gobble" to each-other a ton. These ones I saw in my aunt Kim's garden, trying to find any seeds that fell from the bird feeder. I could not count how many were there, but there seemed to be an equal number of boys and girls. the day was warm out

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Date

May 4, 2012

Description

I was sitting out on a porch, looking up at the sky, and this bird passed over. It was pretty fast, so I could only get one picture. It was also flying pretty high in the air. The air was just getting warm, but still had that morning breeze to it.

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What

whiteleaf manzanita Arctostaphylos manzanita ssp. manzanita

Date

April 28, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

In howarth park, I stopped by this tree that had a smooth redish trunk. The trunk was colder than the air temperature, and on the leave, there were tiny green buds hanging off. the soil was made up of dirt, and dried leaves, and it was growing in a shady stop.

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Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) Tyrannus verticalis

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

In Vacaville, I saw this bird perched with one other bird on this odd looking plant. It wasn't making too much noise, but seemed to be pretty alert. The day was warm out, and there wasn't many clouds in the sky. The bird was also towards the top of the tree.

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Date

April 28, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

While walking to Lake Ralphine, I saw a very pretty lizard. His belly shone in the sun a lovely iridescent blue, and his back was slightly shining a yellow color among the brown. He was on a rock, doing push-ups in the hot sun, luckily the rock he was on was in the shade. Another lizard was also there, a huge northern alligator lizard.

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Date

May 20, 2012

Description

At the entrance to Pepperwood, I saw at least five lizards all on the same rock together. Two of the lizards were even on top of this one. the other two lizards were down lower on the rock. the rock was out in the sun, and had only grassland around it, besides a fence that was a couple feet off in the distance

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Western Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bellum

Date

May 20, 2012

Description

At Pepperwood, in the grasslands, there were some of these small, purple flowers. Every-once-in-awhile I would pass one of them on the road. There was usually a few of them together, and didn't really grow alone. also, most of them were out where the sun could reach.

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Western black widow Latrodectus hesperus

Date

May 19, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

Under my house, there is this little ledge. I saw a messy looking web there, in one of the corners, and looked under. A black widow is what i found. It was night out, around 9:00pm. the spider did move when I shown a flash-light on it, but it did not go out of sight.

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What

velvet ants Family Mutillidae

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

This Friday, I went up to Vacaville. In my aunts trash, I found this little guy. It looked exactly like an ant, but it was yellowish-orange, and it was furry! It was the weirdest thing to see. He was also extremely fast at crawling for such little legs. Also, he wasn't the only one of these I saw. On may 5, a day after I found this one, I saw another one outside by the patio table.

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What

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Date

May 20, 2012

Description

At Pepperwood, near the front entrance this bird flew over the top of where I was standing. It was out in the grasslands, but had a building (Like barn thing) a little bit off. He was too fast for me to get a good picture, but when he was circling around I got the back side. He was flying pretty close to the ground, but made huge circles around the grassland.

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What

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

Out in Vacaville, I was walking through a field, when I saw this shadow circling above me. I looked up, and saw that this large bird was circling above my head over the field. It was at a medium height in the sky (Not really high, not really low) The air was warm, and there wasn't too many clouds out.

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What

Turkey-tail (Trametes versicolor) Trametes versicolor

Date

April 28, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

Right outside of our house, there is this stump of an old tree we cut down. When I saw it today, it seemed bigger, but then that was when I noticed it looked bigger because of the fungi that was growing around it. I tried to look up what type of fungi it was, I'm guessing some sort of mushroom, but I can't figure out what type it is...It almost looks like the fungi you would find in the rainforest.

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Date

April 24, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

I was out in my backyard, and I saw this bug on one of the steps leading into my house. I got up closer, and saw that the bug was a cicada. It had huge wings that looked transparent, and sat pretty still while I took the picture. This is probably the culprit I hear every evening, making a creaking/cricket like sound almost.

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What

tawny slug

Date

April 23, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

I was walking to school when I found a slug slowly crawling its way over the curb. I bent down to take a closer look at it, and it looked like it have little stop like things. It also had a blackish back end. The slug was about 5 and a half inches long. I was walking at about 6:50am, and it was slightly sprinkling. I am not the best at identifying slugs, but I believe this is a tawny slug, from the research I have done.

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What

Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) Mephitis mephitis

Date

April 14, 2012 09:10 PM PDT

Description

This skunk was found with the raccoons I saw and posted. He ( or she) was enjoying eating the dog food right along side the raccoons. Though, he was a lot more skittish than the raccoons. I think it is a striped raccoon, because; 1, it fits the description. And 2 I live kinda close to the coast of California.

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What

Sow Bugs Family Oniscidae

Date

April 26, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

I was on my way to school, and was passing a huge wall like thing. I noticed some black speck-like things slowly making their way up it. When I looked closer, there was about twenty of these little Pill bugs making their way up the wall to the top. It was weird to see them all going the same way at the same time. The weather was just starting to sprinkle.

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What

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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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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What

Soil Centipedes Order Geophilomorpha

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

Out by this barn in Vacaville, I lifted up a rock and under it I found a mount of moist dirt that was like a 'clod' of dirt. I broke it apart a bit, and out came this centipede. He was fast, so I could only get one picture, before he crawled underground.

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Snakeflies (Order Raphidioptera) Order Raphidioptera

Date

April 28, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

While walking past my pool house an a hot day, I spotted a long skinny bug; a mayfly. He didn't move at all as I took pictures of him. He was pretty high on the wall, but not high enough for me to not get to him. The sun was directly on him.

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shortpod mustard (Hirschfeldia incana) Hirschfeldia incana

Date

April 28, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

Me and my aunt were walking around looking at plants, and we found a plant with very small flowers on it. The flowers clumped together at the top of different shafts, and were bright yellow. The ground around it was hard, but there was some very short little grass coming up all around it. It was located in a pretty open area, and was getting a lot of sun

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What

Seep monkeyflower Mimulus guttatus

Date

May 20, 2012

Description

At Pepperwood Preserve there is a part off to the road where it drops down into what looks like a mini ditch. In the ditch was some bushes, but mostly there was a beautiful display of these yellow-ish orange flowers. In the inside they had small orange dots, and the flowers were clumped together with each-other.

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What

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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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

When in Vacaville, I spotted a beautiful bird flying high in the air. By the color shining through it's tail, I thought it was probably a red-tailed hawk. It was a warm day out when I saw him, and he was flying at a medium high. It wasn't too high where I couldn't get a picture, but it wasn't too low where I could see him clearly.

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Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Battus philenor

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

While driving up to Vacaville, we saw this butterfly on the road. It was dead. however, when we got there, but it seemed to be pretty much in-tact. It was a pretty hot day out, and the butterfly was laying a little bit to the side of the road

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Pacific poison oak Toxicodendron diversilobum

Date

April 28, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

When walking in Howarth park, I was looking for plants, when I saw a plant that I was hoping not to find; poison oak. I remembered the saying "Leaves of three, leave 'em be". Well, now I know to be cautious of where I walk in Howarth park.

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oaks Genus Quercus

Date

April 28, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

While walking threw howarth park, I noticed tons of these oak trees. Just some common oaks, but they must really enjoy howarth park, since there were so many of them. Most of them had some lichen growing on them, or poison ivy crawling up the side of it. The soil was mostly dirt with some dried leaves and sticks and stuff.

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What

Northern raccoon Procyon lotor

Date

April 14, 2012 09:06 PM PDT

Description

I saw these raccoons eating our dog food I front of our house. There were about five of them. I am not too sure on the exact species, but I think they are the northern raccoon. They weren't too shy, but still were kinda skittish around noises (such as the door opening and closing).

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What

Northern Alligator Lizard Elgaria coerulea

Date

April 28, 2012

Place

santa rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

While walking to Lake Ralphine, I heard a rustle in some leaves. It sounded so big, that I thought it was a rat! but then I saw it scurry up onto a rock. This is when I realized it was just a huge alligator lizzard. His head was greenish-yellow, and his body a greyish-brown. He had to be a little less than a foot long, but he was huge. I could only get one picture of him before he ran away. But there was also a blue-belly lizard by him.

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