Archivos de Diario para enero 2020

27 de enero de 2020

Newt Survey Monday 1/27/20 - South half

Coverage: South half of Alma Bridge Road (to the stop sign).
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am
Rainfall: 0.0 so far today. 2.83" MTD, 15.15" YTD via Weather Cat
Vehicles: 14
Other: 2 bicyclists, 2 joggers
Live Newts: 0
Dead Newts: 317
Other species: (2) juvenile snakes, likely Garter Snake species

High number of dead newts following weekend rains. A few juveniles but not many. More fresh ones than usual - and still-squishy ones than could have been dry, then 'rehydrated' somewhat by the rain.

Anotado en enero 27, lunes 22:14 por anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 4 comentarios | Deja un comentario

31 de enero de 2020

Bad News: 1/27 GPS Data Fail

What a way to find out the GPS on my trusty old camera is dead: all the photos from >300 newts on 1/27 North Side walk showed the same single location point. So rather than take a guess at each location (based on time or whatever), I've deleted all the observations from that day. Apologies.

Anotado en enero 31, viernes 16:15 por anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 7 comentarios | Deja un comentario

29 de enero de 2020

North side - 1/28/20

January 28, 2020 (Tuesday) 9:15 am – 12:30 pm: 464 dead newts, 1 injured, 1 alive. Most newts are not fresh, but many were freshly killed.
It was cold when I started, but half way through it got warmer. Started raining when I left. It wasn't rainig in San Jose the night before. I documented 1 injured and 464 dead newts. The injured newts seemed fine at first, was walking towards the hills, on the side of the road. When I picked it up to check if it's a male or a female, I saw its eye was injured. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38101655. I also saw a live individual for the first time this year in the little pond near the Limekiln trailhead. Last year I would see 1-3 individuals there often. This year I have been checking the pond every time, but this was the first time I saw one (documented here - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38071235).
I found a few other roadkills - 2 dead snakes, another animal, some beetles, millipedes, and Jerusalem crickets. I tried to pay more attention to dead insects on the road.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 2.84 in; YTD: 15.19 in) cold, dry. Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 7 trucks (including one driving to the rowing club and a tractor driving further down the road), 30 cars (including a few maintenance pickups - county parks and road works), 8 bike, 17 pedestrians, and 1 motorcycle.

Anotado en enero 29, miércoles 22:05 por merav merav | 9 comentarios | Deja un comentario

20 de enero de 2020

North side- January 19th

(for @joescience1)
8:33am - 9:41am
Coverage: Alma Bridge Road @ turnout 100 yds north of Quarry Road intersection to stop sign.
Weather: Chilly, 46˚, mostly sunny, warmed up by end of observation time.
Rainfall: MTD 1.72in, YTD 14.071in (per http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php)
Vehicles: 18 (20 more, including one truck w/ quad horse trailer, parked in turnouts just below Quarry Rd.)
Bikes: 24+
Pedestrians/ joggers 16
One parked car with a GO NEWT license plate
57 dead newts, 7 fresh (still w/ color)
No other dead critters
one big chanterelle type mushroom
most traffic (vehicle, bike and pedestrian and overall activity to date)
rowing club very active on water, with one power boat coaching

Anotado en enero 20, lunes 15:29 por truthseqr truthseqr | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Case Study #2: 64% of dead newts "disappeared" from the road in 4 days

This is an interesting case:

  • @sea-kangaroo surveyed the southern half of Alma Bridge Rd. on 1/14/2020 and found 129 dead newts.
  • @newtpatrol surveyed the same section of road on 1/18/2020 and found 65 dead newts; 19 of these were fresh, 46 were decomposed

So, one would suppose there would be 129 decomposed newts on the road on 1/18, since there were that many newts reported on 1/14. However, only 46 decomposed newts were found. That means 83 dead newts "disappeared" in the four days between 1/14 and 1/18 (64%). Where did they go?

FYI: @merav, @joescience1, @anudibranchmom

Anotado en enero 20, lunes 17:50 por truthseqr truthseqr | 4 comentarios | Deja un comentario

13 de enero de 2020

Help us advocate for the newts!

Dear team,
We've got an opportunity to advocate for the newts this Tuesday - Midpeninsula Open Space District is holding a meeting regarding a parking lot for Sierra Azul Preserve on Alma Bridge Rd. The meeting is on Tuesday, 1/14, 2pm, 17820 Alma Bridge Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Please see SCVAS environmental advocate letter about the meeting below -
Merav

On Tuesday's meeting of the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) Planning and Natural Resources Committee, the committee will discuss the Beatty Parking Area and Trail Connections Project in Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. The 57-acre Beatty Trust property is located on the easterly side of Alma Bridge Road and Lexington Reservoir approximately 2 miles east of the intersection with Highway 17. The project site is on Alma Bridge Road in an area of high newt mortality.

This is an opportunity to discuss the potential of doing something significant to help the Newts cross the road unharmed

The meeting:
January 14, 2020 - 2:00pm
Meeting Location: 17820 Alma Bridge Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Here is the Agenda - The agenda includes a link to the staff report, which is interesting.
This meeting seems to be taking place onsite, outdoors, and it may rain.

I plan to attend the meeting, and I hope we can have a strong presence to advocate for the newts! Please join me if you can, and bring a friend or two. Also - please spread the word!

Thank you,
Shani

Shani Kleinhaus, Ph.D.
Environmental Advocate
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

Anotado en enero 13, lunes 04:38 por merav merav | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

09 de enero de 2020

newt survey 1/4 - southern half (Aldercroft)

131 dead newts, 0 live newts.
January 4, 2020 (Saturday) 1:45pm-3:15pm
Weather: Dry and partly cloudy, had been dry for more than a week. 57F per my car.
Other roadkill: 1 Jerusalem cricket.
Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to stop sign.
Rainfall: MTD 0in, YTD 0in (per http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php?year=2019)
Traffic: 30 vehicles, 33 bicycles, 2 pedestrians, 1 motorcycle.

I'd still come across "batches" of newts, but overall it seemed like there were more scattered all over the place, and more up on the north side of the big road bend. As always, there were the least on the southernmost portion.
Newt map:

Anotado en enero 09, jueves 21:05 por sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

15 de enero de 2020

North side - 1/14/20

January 14, 2020 (Tuesday) 9:15 am – 11:30 pm: 162 dead newts
It was dry and cold during the survey. It probably rained at night, possibly the night before as well. I documented 0 live and 162 dead newts, many of them were fresh, a few looked like they were just hit.
I saw one or two other amphibian on the road, not sure what it was, and a dead mole.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0.36 in; YTD: 12.71 in) cold, dry. Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 6 truck, 21 cars (including 2 maintenance pickup - midpen, one of them was speeding like crazy! and two police cars), 1 bike, 8 pedestrians.

Anotado en enero 15, miércoles 00:00 por merav merav | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

04 de enero de 2020

Newt Survey 1/3 - North half

Coverage: North half of Alma Bridge Road, from the parking lot to the stop sign.
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Rainfall: 0.0 so far today - forecast is for more this afternoon. 0.01" MTD, 12.37" YTD via Weather Cat
Vehicles: 2 trucks (county fire truck and Vulcan) and 23 cars, 6 of which were Teslas (>25%!)
Other: 4 bicyclists, 7 joggers
Live Newts: 0
Dead Newts: 127, about 5% fresh
Other species: (1) juvenile Garter Snake species TBD (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/37240119), (1) rodent sp. with proportionally long ears (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/37240223)

Anotado en enero 04, sábado 00:13 por anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

22 de enero de 2020

North side - 1/21/20

January 21, 2020 (Tuesday) 9:15 am – 11:30 pm: 293 dead newts, 1 injured. Many freshly killed.

It was cloudy and cold, a bit windy, but dry, during the survey. Looked wet in some area, the creeks were running. I documented 1 injured and 293 dead newts, many of them were fresh, a few looked like they were just hit.
I found a few other roadkills - a dead amphibian, similar to ones I've seen before, another animal, a beetle, three millipedes, and a Jerusalem cricket.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 1.72 in; YTD: 14.07 in) cold, dry. Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 3 truck (only 1 big gravel truck), 15 cars (including 1 maintenance pickup - county parks), 4 bike, 3 pedestrians.

Anotado en enero 22, miércoles 01:59 por merav merav | 6 comentarios | Deja un comentario