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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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

West Marin Roundup

Hit of Sunshine

The start of summer signals a time for camera trappers to prepare for a pilgrimage to the Sierras for a gathering of the cult of the Codger. For some it is a one time experience -- a landmark trip, yet too intense to repeat. Others return; eager to fly even higher towards the sun...

Camera Trapping Campus are these latter warriors and in order to participate in such festivities, all cams must be pulled from previous sites. What follows are the final captures from the 2010-11 season at the West Marin location.

Trail of Plenty:

gray fox sniff and run

bobcat observing

Wood Rat Midden:

gray fox deep rub


This is a new set, for which we had high hopes. An initial placement provided a stunning background, but little showed up within the frame. After a visit in mid-April the camera was moved closer in, focusing on a log spanning the creek.

When collecting cams a month later, I arrived at the set location -- no cam. Stunned, I searched
among the duff and in the creek to no avail. It made no sense; the camera had been placed well off trail and human traffic in the area had to be close to nil due to the terrain.
Relief, however, came two weeks later when my contact at the reserve informed me that they had a cam in their office that had been collected by the sheriff after a report of "suspicious activity"* in the area.

The results from the camera were disappointing, but it felt good nonetheless to know another camera was not lost to thieves.

acceptable masked bandit

po-po cam collector

All in all, a good rookie year in West Marin. We look forward to next season with a deeper classroom experience and a focus on the small mammals that inhabit the wetter habitats.

*methinks this was the scruffy CTC crew !


  1. Camera thieves hit me this week!

    Nothing boils my blood worse.


    Glad you got yours back, Christian.

  2. I can't wait to hear how the CTC's class goes this year! I hope you all get some great pics up there.

  3. Great year in review Jake! I really love that opening forest shot (I know, I know its the one non-camera trap image), but I also really love the fox rubbing!

    Keep up the great work and I hope you guys set us some good traps :)

  4. Bummer, Trailblazer. Sorry to hear.

    Seabass, thanks. I think you guys will be treated to some sweet captures.

  5. That top forest image is a Christian capture. I loved it too.