December 01, 2021

North section - 11/30/2021

Tuesday, 9:10-11:00 no live newts, xx dead newts
I walked with Robin and Shoshi.
Weather: nice. It's been dry for a while?
Coverage: from the Jones Trailhead parking lot to the second stop sign.
Newts: I had 8 dead newts, 2 of them juveniles, all pretty dry. Robin had xx newts
Other roadkills: a few Jerusalem Crickets, a few Tylobolus millipedes, one spider.
Traffic: very quiet - 18 cars, 10 trucks, 1 motorcycle, 6 bikes, 1 electric scooter (my first sighting!), 11 pedestrians, 25 parked cars (1 car at the far parking lot).
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=37.217587329825506&nelng=-121.7180669379592&on=2021-11-30&place_id=any&swlat=37.142364013875834&swlng=-122.19635844949484&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
Robin's observations of the day -
I forgot to add that to the newt observations, so at least I'll have it here - "The Midpeninsula Board Meeting regarding the ongoing newt massacre is Dec 8. Please submit your support/comments/questions about the roadkill death of 5,000 Pacific Newts per year on Alma Bridge Road here: https://www.openspace.org/who-we-are/public-meetings For more info or to join Newt Patrol: https://www.bioblitz.club/newts "

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November 24, 2021

North Section: Wednesday 11/24/2021

Conducted survey of North Side from 8:10 am - 11:20 am. Weather was 44F, sunny.

Observers: Karan and Matt (SFBBO Staff)

Documented 51 dead newts, of which 6 were juvenile.

Documented Human Activity:
Cars: 48
Motorcycles: 0
Bikes: 5
Pedestrians: 23
Parked Cars: 39

Notes: Most newts were dried up, about a handful were fresh ones. I met a group of elderly folks who were hiking along the Alma Bridge road that were curious about what we were doing. So, I went through usual the marketing pitch about 5000 newts are killed every year and blah blah. then one of them said, maybe more newts are killed by hikers walking on them than cars. I said we can solve one problem at a time and then moved on. One other person offered us home baked Gingersnap cookie which was nice.

Another person asked what will midpen open space preserve district
do with the data and protect Newts, to which I said maybe build an undercrossing. The remediation plan will be up to Midpen, all I can do is to collect the data to expedite them in making the decision.

Link to my observations for today: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?created_on=2021-11-24&on=2021-11-24&place_id=any&q=roadkill&subview=map&user_id=karangattu&verifiable=any

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November 23, 2021

South section: 11/23/2021

Tuesday, 9:00-10:30 AM
Observers: Robin and Stacie
Weather: Sunny, no rain.
Coverage: from the Jones Trailhead parking lot to the second stop sign.
Newts: Quiet day. Robin had 12 dead newts, 0 juveniles, 0 live newts. Stacey will add later.
Other roadkills: 1 banana slug
Traffic: 11 vehicles, 3 bikes, 1 pedestrian, 2 parked cars (0 vehicles at the far parking lot).

Note: In the Description of every dead newt Observation, I have included:

"The Midpeninsula Board Meeting regarding the ongoing newt massacre is Dec 8. Please submit your support/comments/questions about the roadkill death of 5,000 Pacific Newts per year on Alma Bridge Road here: https://www.openspace.org/who-we-are/public-meetings For more info or to join Newt Patrol: https://www.bioblitz.club/newts "

Feel free to copy/add this text until Dec 8!

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November 17, 2021

North Section: Tuesday 11/16/2021

Tuesday, 8:15-10:45 AM
Observers: Just me.
Weather: Cloudy, no rain.
Coverage: from the Jones Trailhead parking lot to the second stop sign.
Newts: 126 dead newts, 2 of them juveniles. No live newts.
Other roadkills: 2 American Toads, a few cricket species and genus Tylobolus millipedes
Traffic: 28 vehicles, 2 bikes, 0 pedestrians, 7 parked cars (0 vehicles at the far parking lot, I took another empty-lot photo). Two cars slowed to ask about the newts, both residents.

Note: In the Description of every dead newt Observation, I have included:

"The Midpeninsula Board Meeting regarding the ongoing newt massacre is Dec 8. Please submit your support/comments/questions about the roadkill death of 5,000 Pacific Newts per year on Alma Bridge Road here: https://www.openspace.org/who-we-are/public-meetings For more info or to join Newt Patrol: https://www.bioblitz.club/newts "

Feel free to add this text until Dec 8!

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November 16, 2021

South section - 11/15/2021

Wednesday, 9:20-11:50 no live newts, 37 dead newts
I walked with Bria.
Weather: cloudy, nice. The last rain was a week ago - light rain Monday-Tuesday.
Coverage: from Aldercroft Heights Rd intersection to the second stop sign.
Newts: 37 newts only, at least 3 of them juveniles.
Other roadkills: 7 juvenile fence lizards, 2 juvenile king snakes, 3 slender salamanders, many Jerusalem Crickets, a few banana slugs and snails, a few beetles, and a few Tylobolus millipedes and centipedes.
Traffic: 24 cars, 0 trucks, 1 bike, 1 pedestrian, 1 parked car.
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-11-15&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

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November 11, 2021

South section - 11/10/2021

Wednsday, 9:20-12:20 no live newts, 107 dead newts
I walked with Jim.
Weather: a bit cold, cloudy, then the sun came out. We got some light rain Monday-Tuesday.
Coverage: from Aldercroft Heights Rd intersection to the second stop sign.
Newts: I had 80 dead newts, Jim had 27. at least 7 of them juveniles.
Other roadkills: 1 garter snake, 3 slender salamanders, 2 arboreal salamanders, 2 young fence lizards, a few Jerusalem Crickets, a few banana slugs and snails, a few beetles, and a few Tylobolus millipedes and centipedes.
Traffic: 33 cars, 3 trucks, 3 bikes, 0 pedestrians, 0 parked cars.
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-11-10&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
Jim's observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?captive=any&on=2021-11-10&place_id=any&user_id=jim769&verifiable=any

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November 09, 2021

North section - 11/09/2021

Tuesday, 9:10-11:50 no live newts, 57 dead newts
I walked with Monica.
Weather: cold, cloudy, light rain during most of the walk (with a rainbow from time to time!)
Coverage: from the Jones Trailhead parking lot to the second stop sign.
Newts: 57 dead newts, 8 of them juveniles.
Other roadkills: 2 tree frogs, 2 Jerusalem Crickets, a few banana slugs, and a few Tylobolus millipedes. In one spot we saw 3 unidentified dead creatures - possibly slugs? https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/100720946 and https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/100720948
We saw county parks and county roads trucks on the road, and met with very friendly county roads people, who were there looking for dead newts, wanting to learn more about them. We had a long conversation, and we're planning to keep in touch!
Traffic: very quiet - 25 cars, 8 trucks, 0 bikes, 9 pedestrians, 5 parked cars (0 cars at the far parking lot).
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-11-09&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

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November 04, 2021

South section, 11/3/21

Robin Agarwal, Jim Scholfield. Weather cloudy at start 0900, cool, got warmer as we walked. It had rained extensively for 18 hrs 2 days before. Road dry now. Intersection of Alma Bridge Road and Aldercroft Hts Road walking North to 1st stop Sign. 3 hrs down and back. Traffic, 19 cars, 10 trucks, 2 parked trucks, 8 bikes, .
Findings-176 dead newts, 25 juveniles, 1 injured newt, 17 misc. including several centipedes, small and large frogs/toads, big crickets, and a skunk,
Robin noted this was more juveniles than usual.

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North section - 11/02/2021

Tuesday, 9:00-11:46 no live newts, 154 dead newts
I walked with Dylan, and Jim joined halfway through.
Weather: cold, cloudy. Jim said it rained all day Monday by Lexington Reservoir.

Coverage: from the Jones Trailhead parking lot to the second stop sign.

Newts: I had 81 dead newts, Dylan had 74. 8 juveniles.
Other roadkills: 1 giant toad, 2 arboreal salamanders, 1 Jerusalem Cricket, 2 banana slugs, 1 snail, 2 Strigamia
(the skinny red centipede), and about 10 Tylobolus millipedes.
Traffic: 34 cars, 8 trucks, 5 bikes, 10 pedestrians, 18 parked cars (0 cars at the far parking lot).
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-11-02&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
Dylan's observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?captive=any&place_id=any&project_id=119884&user_id=roadkilldyl&verifiable=any

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October 26, 2021

South and North sections - 10/25/2021

Here we go again...
Monday, 9:00-12:43 1 live newt (!), 113 dead newts
I walked with Robin.
Weather: cold, but nice. Was a bit wet when we started. It rained in San Jose constantly from Sunday morning-Monday morning. We got there right when it stopped raining.
Coverage: we started near the Eldercroft Heights Rd intersection, and walked almost till the end of the road uphill at the far end of Soda Spring Canyon. Then we got a ride by a county road truck back to our cars, so we'll have enough time to do the res. We drove to Lime Kiln Canyon trailhead, and parked there. We hiked all the way back to Soda Spring, where we stopped our walk earlier, and back to Limekiln. Then Robin had to leave, and I hiked to the Jones Trailhead and back to my car at Limekiln. And got to the kids' school on time :)
Newts: people started posting newts on the move in the Bay Area, so we've decided to go out right after the rain. There were many newts (I had 37, Robin had 76), plus other animals. The newts were all fresh, but some were there longer than others. A few were in very good shape, we had to make sure they were dead before removing them. They were only crushed a little bit (but were dead). One newt was very very skinny! A few were juveniles, including a tiny one, still with spots.
Other roadkills: 6 toads, 5 tree frogs, 2 arboreal salamanders, 1 garter snake, 2 rain beetles, and 4 Jerusalem Crickets.
Traffic: South section until we took a ride - 12 cars, 2 trucks, 3 pedestrians, 1 parked car.
Total traffic for the day: 30 cars, 5 trucks, 2 bikes, 6 pedestrians, 16 parked cars (0 cars at the far parking lot).
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-10-25&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
Robin's https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-10-25&place_id=any&user_id=anudibranchmom&verifiable=any

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