The joys of field work: Our BIO 85.2 class put in 2 grueling hours of setting 80 traps along the border of the woodlands (up on the northern slopes behind Bechtel House.
The next morning, we were rewarded with a single nursing deer mouse out of 80 traps set!
Per Prof. Woodruff, you can tell it was "maniculatus" because of its bicolored tail. Could tell it was nursing due to extended nipples.
By dried creek west of Bechtel house.
Lots of these little guys hopping around the rocky creek bed.
I'm guessing these are Pacific and not Mountain based on the webbing these have (?).
Saw several of these budding grass/flower heads (?) in the grassland off-road, west of Bechtel House.
Saw this fellow slowly gobbling up a little baby rodent, by a dried-up creek a bit west from Bechtel House.
It swam a bit in the water before settling on the rocks and moving the rodent down...
Unfortunately, I can't tell whether it's an aquatic or terrestrial garter snake.
The Pepperwood Vital Signs Project gives visitors an opportunity to share their natural history observations with the preserve's community while contributing to growing citizen-science datasets on the distribution of the plants and animals of the preserve. We hope you'll add your observations each time you visit us!