December 07, 2019

South/Aldercroft side - 12/07/2019

My first time patrolling and posting, so please let me know if I've missed anything. Oh, and please remind me where you get the rainfall amount from, so I can be consistent.

Today I walked the South side, from the stop sign to Aldercroft, 8:40am-10:50am. It rained here last night, was windy, today there are low clouds and it's close to rain but no rain, my car said 64F outside.

77 dead newts, 1 dead frog. There were 3 that I thought were salamanders, but @truthseqr says that they're actually newts whose outer skin has gone.

No live newts or other critters seen. 18 vehicles, 2 joggers and a bicyclist passed by. I swear the maples are significantly more vivid yellow this year.

Weather from http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php: 0.45 inches rainfall the previous day, 0.32 inches total today.

~ Stacie

Posted on December 07, 2019 23:27 by newtpatrol newtpatrol | 3 comments | Leave a comment

December 06, 2019

Newt survey - North side, Wednesday 12/04

December 4, 2019 (Wednesday) 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
About a week since the rain started.
During the survey it was drizzling part of the time. I documented 101 dead newts, some were fresh, some have been there for a few days, but since I only saw one the previous time, I documented them all.
Other roadkills: one toad, one other amphibian, one millipede. I saw only one live newt, but it wasn't crossing the road, it was under a log (I haven't added it to the live newt project).
Coverage: north part - Jones trailhead to the stop sign (37.187875, -121.986516) plus spot-checked the Jones Trail trailhead.
Rainfall: (MTD: 2.73 in; YTD: 6.21 in) The weather was cold and wet, drizzle.
Traffic: Light traffic. Five gravel trucks, two maintenance trucks, 16 cars. The county parks truck was clearing the road, probably removing some more dead newts.

Posted on December 06, 2019 19:44 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 05, 2019

newt survey 12/04 - southern half

107 dead newts, 3 live newts.
December 4, 2019 (Wednesday) 11:30am-1:30pm
Weather: Had just finished raining. Overcast and 53F.
Other roadkill: 1 Western Toad, 1 California Slender Salamander, 1 Western Fence Lizard, 1 (Bull?)frog.
Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to just after the big Soda Springs road bend (37°11'12.6"N 121°59'09.5"W).
Rainfall: MTD: 2.73 in; YTD: 6.21 in
Traffic: Light. 13 vehicles, half of which were local traffic (saw them entering/exiting spur roads).

Today there was a section just south of the Soda Springs bend that had a bunch of tiny baby newts, both alive (the only live ones I saw today) and flattened. Here's a very cute live one being moved off the road to newt another day: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/36368929
Today again all the living newts were heading away from the reservoir.

Posted on December 05, 2019 05:31 by sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 2 comments | Leave a comment

December 02, 2019

newt survey 11/30 - southern half

4 dead newts, 4 live newts.
November 30, 2019 (Saturday) 3pm-5pm
Weather: Light intermittent drizzle while I walked. Chilly but not really cold (high 40s-low 50s).
Other roadkill: None.
Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to just after the big Soda Springs road bend (37°11'07.5"N 121°59'07.8"W).
Rainfall: (MTD: 3.40 in; YTD: 3.48 in)
Traffic: Light traffic; around 20 cars or so.

The dead newts were all fresh. All of the alive newts and most of the dead newts I saw were heading east, away from the reservoir. They were also concentrated in two areas (blue pins):

Talked briefly to a couple of friendly Midpen Open Space rangers who pulled over to check I was okay. They knew there was a "newt person" who'd been surveying (one of them apparently met Anne once), and I told them there'd be a bunch of people surveying this year.

Posted on December 02, 2019 01:20 by sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 3 comments | Leave a comment

November 28, 2019

Newt survey - 11/27 - after the first rain

1 dead newt, 0 live newts.
November 27, 2019 (Wednesday) 10:30 am – 12:20 pm
The first big rain event has just started the day before. It started in the afternoon, and continued through the night. During the survey there was little to no drizzle. I only found 1 fresh dead newt, probably died this morning.
No other roadkills.
Coverage: Vulcan quarry to the stop sign (37.187875, -121.986516) plus spot-checked the Jones Trail trailhead.
Rainfall: (MTD: 1.74 in; YTD: 1.8 in) The weather was cold and wet, light drizzle.
Traffic: Light traffic. Two gravel trucks, two maintenance trucks, 16 cars, and one bike.

Posted on November 28, 2019 06:17 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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