July 19, 2019

CITY COLLECTS AMPHIBIANS.

Manteca effort to retrieve California tiger salamander & western spadefoot toad will save taxpayers $1M plus.

https://www.mantecabulletin.com/news/local-news/city-collects-amphibians/

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July 12, 2019

July 10, 2019

Using iNaturalist in a Coverboard Protocol to Measure Data Quality: Suggestions for Project Design

We evaluated the accuracy of data records generated by citizen scientist participants using iNaturalist in a coverboard sampling scheme, a common method to detect herpetofauna, involving 17 species of amphibians and reptiles. We trained and observed 10 volunteers working over an eight-month period at a study site in Sonoma County, California, USA. A total number of 1,169 observations were successfully uploaded to the iNaturalist database by volunteers including a new locality for Black Salamander. Volunteers were generally successful in collecting and uploading data for verification but had more difficulties detecting smaller, camouflaged salamanders and photographing quick-moving lizards. Errors associated with uploading smartphone data were reduced with volunteer experience.

https://theoryandpractice.citizenscienceassociation.org/articles/10.5334/cstp.131/

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July 02, 2019

A quiet victory in defense of three of California’s rare amphibians.

Sometimes a “win” is the fight you don’t have to have. Instead of victories proclaimed from the steps of the courthouse, some wins are the quiet kind which involve not having to go back to court at all.

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2019/07/01/a-quiet-victory-in-defense-of-three-of-californias-rare-amphibians/

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June 17, 2019

Coat the ravens evermore? To protect tortoises, officials test spraying oil into birds' nests.

The population of the common raven is exploding across the American West, where it thrives on human refuse and roadkill.

As the large, strutting predators piggyback on the spread of human civilization, they are expanding into territories where they have never been seen in such large numbers. This expansion has come at the expense of several threatened species, including the desert tortoise, whose soft-shelled hatchlings and juveniles have been devoured by the birds.

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-coat-ravens-tortoises-oil-birds.amp

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June 11, 2019

Snakes Slither Into Santa Clarita, Experts Offer Seasonal Safety Tips.

With temperatures warming up, snakes of all sorts are out of hibernation and a Santa Clarita expert is offering tips to residents on how to stay safe this season.

https://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/animal-pets-wildlife/snakes-slither-into-santa-clarita-experts-offer-seasonal-safety-tips-280904

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May 21, 2019

$150 million Seal Beach naval project would change the way sea turtles travel to the ocean.

Jeff Seminoff, marine ecologist and leader of the NOAA’s Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program at the Southwest Fishery Science Center in La Jolla, and his team, are working with Navy biologists to study the turtles’ habitat and lifestyle.

https://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/2019/05/21/150-million-seal-beach-naval-project-would-change-the-way-sea-turtles-travel-to-the-ocean/

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May 20, 2019

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Salamander in California, Oregon.

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to respond to a 2018 petition for Endangered Species Act protection for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander.

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2019/siskiyou-mountains-salamader-04-22-2019.php

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Salamander in California, Oregon.

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to respond to a 2018 petition for Endangered Species Act protection for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander.

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2019/siskiyou-mountains-salamader-04-22-2019.php

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May 13, 2019

Rattlesnake season is here: Things you should and should not do if you get bit.

REDDING, Calif. — As warmer weather moves in to the Northstate, snake activity is increasing which means more human encounters are likely to happen.

https://krcrtv.com/news/shasta-county/rattlesnake-season-is-here-things-you-should-and-should-not-do-if-you-get-bit

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