48 dead newts found on a heavy rain morning; no live ones

February 14, Thursday, from 9:30-10:20.
I (@merav) started at the Priest Rock Trail trailhead, and walked 1.2 km south, to here - 37.187875, -121.986516
I found 48 dead newts, both fresh and not. Also found an arboreal salamander, a dead millipede, and a few earthworms. Due to the heavy rain I might have missed a few very old dead newts, as the road was flooded making it difficult to see them.
It was raining the whole day and night before the survey, and even the previous night (Tuesday).
In about an hour I was there, I saw about 20 cars - pretty quite.
The road was flooded, with some mud-slides from the mountains.
Posted on February 14, 2019 02:34 PM by @merav (copied by @truthseqr to keep all journal posts together)

Pacific Newt Roadkill: 57 found dead today; 1 alive

February 13, 2019 (Wednesday)
I found 57 fresh newt carcasses on Alma Bridge Rd. this morning within one hour. Since it was raining heavily, many of the bodies were just smears of skin and guts on the road. We found one live newt that was heading away from the water and back to the highlands - one of the few lucky survivors of the carnage.

See: https://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/truthseqr/2019/2/13

Coverage: (~23%) St. Joseph’s Hill OSP to Priest Rock Trailhead

Rainfall: (MTD: 5.63 in; YTD: 11.29 in) It was raining heavily today. Lexington Reservoir is very full now.

Traffic: Traffic was very light this morning. I didn’t even see any heavy trucks going to/from the quarry.

Posted by truthseqr truthseqr, February 14, 2019 03:56


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