Point Reyes
Jan09

Point Reyes

Over the holidays, Brandon and I visited the Point Reyes area. This area is just north of San Francisco along the Pacific coast of California. While there we spent time hiking around the Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and areas in the town of Bolinas (including a overwintering area for monarch butterflies). All the areas were gorgeous with stunning views and amazing wildlife.  ...

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Central Valley Herping
Dec05

Central Valley Herping

Over the last several months during my on going work project in the northern Central Valley (see Herps And Birds and Cali King) I’ve seen a lot of common herp species. Recently, my main job has been checking for and relocating valley gartersnakes (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi) off the project area. These little cuties love our silt and Animex fencing we have surrounding the work site and I’ve been finding at least one valley...

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Sonoma County Herping
Nov30

Sonoma County Herping

Earlier this month I had the pleasure (be it tired and long hours pleasure) of working in Sonoma County. The purpose of my job was to save any California red-legged frogs (CRLF, Rana draytonii) from potentially getting harmed during removal of equipment and supplies at a job site. If we saw a CRLF we were to stop work around the frog and let it move off on it’s own. CRLF are highly protected (see Table 1) and you have to possess...

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“Herping” Cibola National Wildlife Refuge
Dec02

“Herping” Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

Disclaimer: This post is not so much about herps as much as it is about what I find when I can’t find herps. I’ve recently invested in upgrading my camera equipment and have been wanting to put it to good use whether there are herps around or I have to come up with a backup plan. As someone who grew up herping in the deciduous forests of the Southeastern United States and now lives in the desert, there are few things that I miss more...

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The Odd Couple: Tiny Frog and Giant Spider
Apr03

The Odd Couple: Tiny Frog and Giant Spider

A very interesting and bizarre relationship has been noted between some very small frog species and some very large spider species throughout the years. One of the first recorded observations was published by Cocroft and Hambler in 1989. They noted that tiny dotted humming frogs (Chiasmocleis ventrimaculata) were living alongside the large Colombian lesserblack tarantula (Xenesthis immanis) adult females and their offspring in...

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Poison Dart Frogs vs Fire Ants
Mar26

Poison Dart Frogs vs Fire Ants

Those of us that have lived in the southern U.S. learn very quickly how to identify fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) and to avoid them. These nasty ants aren’t called fire ants just because they are red in color. They have a very painful sting (ask me later about having a fire ant infestation in my third floor apartment in Texas, ouch!!). Fire ants were introduced to the U.S. from South America in the 1930’s and have spread...

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