Journal archives for May 2017

May 01, 2017

California Wildlife Agency Recommends Evaluating Foothill Yellow-legged Frog for Endangered Species Protections.

The stream-dwelling frog has disappeared from more than half its former locations in California, primarily because of habitat damage caused by dams and water diversions, invasive species, climate change and pollutants. The state’s Fish and Game Commission will decide in June whether to move forward with protecting the frog under the California Endangered Species Act.

http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/9670-california-wildlife-agency-recommends-evaluating-foothill-yellow-legged-frog-for-endangered-species-protections

Posted on May 01, 2017 11:17 AM by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 04, 2017

City Nature Challenge: LA Represents.

If you saw someone wielding a camera around the middle of April, well... You were probably out in public, among people, where camera-wielders, whether they're posing for selfies or styling food shots, are pretty common nowadays.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/CityNature-Challenge-LA-Represents-420896793.html

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May 07, 2017

Snake-hunting couple relocates reptiles to CA parks.

Rounding up rattlesnakes is the business of a husband and wife who relocates them to California state parks.

http://m.wtol.com/toledonewsnow/pm_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=od:TfN4lRRA

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May 14, 2017

Lizards can protect us from ticks.

Like a scene out of a horror film, adult western black-legged ticks (_Ixodes pacificus_) dangle on tips of grasses and other low-lying vegetation in their ghastly host-seeking posture called questing. In this stance, they spread their two front clawed limbs wide open and wait patiently for hours or even days for unexciting creatures to brash by so they can dig their metal-like mouthparts inside their host and gorge themselves on blood.

http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/lizards-can-protect-us-from-ticks/article_ff5d5ad4-543f-591f-95ed-bdb0000e7c0e.html

Posted on May 14, 2017 05:17 PM by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 2 comments | Leave a comment

May 18, 2017

To Save Desert Tortoises, Make Conservation a Real-Life Video Game.

Traditional techniques weren’t working for the raven-ravaged reptile. So researchers got creative.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-tortoises-researchers-are-making-conservation-real-life-video-game-180963289/

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May 22, 2017

An 'evolutionary gamble' may be killing Joshua Tree's mother tortoises.

Wildlife biologists say an alarming number of female desert tortoise carcasses found earlier this year just outside the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park may be the result of mothers fighting extinction by exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs, even under stress.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-tortoise-survival-20170515-story.html

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May 23, 2017

Thank you

First of all, I would personally like to say thank you to everyone, and I mean everyone, who has joined this project. Without your dedication and observations, this project would still be very small and we wouldn't be able to see half of the reptiles and amphibians everyday people like you and I find in our daily lives. I would also like to say thank you to biohexx1! You have been posting some great journal entries on this project that I find very fascinating! It sure beats that Salamander post I had running for almost two years hehe. I'd also like to thank biohexx1 for scouting out observations from people who haven't joined this project, so we are able to see more of the rare reptiles and amphibians of our beautiful state. Again guys, I thank you all for joining and continuously contributing to my project. You all deserve a round of applause in my book and I cannot wait to see all of your future finds! Until next time, happy herping! :-)

-Dominic

Posted on May 23, 2017 05:08 AM by dominic dominic | 3 comments | Leave a comment

May 29, 2017

California creatures thriving after record winter rains.

The Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, a federally listed endangered species, was struggling for many years because their ponds were drying out during the drought. “The only thing they were lacking was water,” Holley said.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/27/raindrops-shook-up-some-creatures-of-the-bay-area-but-brought-relief-to-many/

Posted on May 29, 2017 11:42 AM by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment