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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Conference of the Birds

John Burgess / PD

Attn. Bird Mavens!

After a few years of buzz about the (potential and then final) acquisition of the Jenner Headlands by the Sonoma Land Trust, few reports have emerged -- even among the devoted folk that frequent birder lists.

This weekend we have a wonderful reminder from the Press Democrat. A Hawk Hill Jr. welcoming migrants such as the Ferruginous Hawk? Yes, please.

Public access is limited, so check out the preserve site for info.

h/t: my pops


  1. A brand new preserve. That would be a fun place to camera trap. Maybe they have some Pomo Mice too. We should get up there to see if we can see the Ferrunginous Hawks.

  2. Says on the site they have red tree vole, which is just a formal name for the pomo mice?

    Going to give them a call soon to see when the next schedule hikes are planned.

  3. So I am not sure and we would have to talk to the Codger but Red Tree Vole is Arborimus longicaudus, where as Pomo Mouse or Sonoma Vole is A. pomo. However this speciation was fairly recent and it used to be part of A. longicaudus. Both live in trees and differ in size and chromosomal differences, so difference is probably minor. I would bet that the version in this park will actually be A. pomo and that the reserve is using the older designation. This is why we should be sticking to latin names as hard as it can be at first.