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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, February 23, 2016

Backyard Business

For the first time since I left my parents' house, I have a backyard and it is glorious.

The idea of a yard list was such a foreign concept and I never thought that I would be able observe so many species from the comfort of a back porch and yet here I am. It adds to that strange feeling like I am actual adult... Terrifying!

With this new territory to examine, experiment with and observe throughout the changing of the seasons, the clamor of the cities --  despite all of their draws -- are not missed.

Birds & herps are the most common fauna and right off the bat, slender salamanders have been under nearly every flipped rock.

this February '16 slender was about half the size of a dime



The most exciting herp thus far has been a juvenile Arboreal Salamander:

making use of prehensile tail
climbing the great succulent pot
a look at the underside reveals organs and glands
The birds have also been visiting with decent number and variety. The annual winter appearance of a Flicker has been a highlight. Here is last year's visitor:



Camera trapping stories to follow...

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