Archivos de Diario para noviembre 2021

23 de noviembre de 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!

Anotado en 23 de noviembre de 2021 a las 09:59 PM por anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

18 de noviembre de 2021

First on iNat for the SF Bay Area: Southern Flatcoil Snail (non-native)

One day into the new project, already something interesting. This snail was in a plant nursery in Cupertino: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/101369553

Anotado en 18 de noviembre de 2021 a las 04:44 PM por anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

New: The Pot Fouling Project (and already a new snail!)

One day into the new project, already something interesting. A first on iNat for the SF Bay Area: Southern Flatcoil Snail. This snail was in a plant nursery in Cupertino, Santa Clara County, CA: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/101369553

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/the-pot-fouling-project

Please join The Pot Fouling Project if you are interested in land snails and slugs, mushrooms and other fungi, salamanders and newts, millipedes, centipedes, spiders, insects, terrestrial worms, etc. Anything that lives under a human-made garden container is fair game to add to this project. Urban or rural as long as it's under something, so check out nurseries, public gardens, etc. And perhaps it will help scientists track invasive species too, so yay for that.

Pots (and nurseries) remind me a little of the man-made marinas and harbors where I go dock-fouling; they might provide "safe harbor" for non-native species to establish themselves through inadvertent introduction. AKA Ground Zero.

Able to help on the snail?: Rookie question: Southern Flatcoils are widespread across the Southern US, including Southern California, but I have yet to find a record of them in the San Francisco Bay Area, which strikes me as weird. They do not appear in Roth & Sadeghian's checklist, but I can't imagine this is really the first record of them here. If you are a California land snail expert - and I'm looking very hopefully at you @jannvendetti @cedric_lee @pliffgrieff @thomaseverest @tlawson @susanhewitt @finatic @oksnaillaboratory - could you please weigh in on this if you have a chance?

Anotado en 18 de noviembre de 2021 a las 05:21 PM por anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 1 observación | 8 comentarios | Deja un comentario

17 de noviembre de 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!

Anotado en 17 de noviembre de 2021 a las 12:09 AM por anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

24 de noviembre de 2021

Invasive Obama flatworm, also new to California on iNat

Multiple specimens of an invasive land flatworm were documented in a Campbell, CA nursery this week.

Obama nungara flatworms eat land snails and earthworms - and there were zero snails and near-zero earthworms at this location, which was unusual. I hope these flatworms don't spread to wild areas and go after our native snails. For more on Obama nungara, and their establishment in France:

The magazine version: https://theconversation.com/obama-nungara-how-a-flatworm-from-argentina-jumped-the-atlantic-and-invaded-france-131186

And the paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7007977/

Anotado en 24 de noviembre de 2021 a las 05:49 PM por anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario