Journal archives for May 2018

May 04, 2018

2018 City Nature Challenge

Congratulations to San Francisco Bay Area for winning
the 2018 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge! Many great
observations were made around the globe. I can't help
but think that all cities are winners for characterizing
the species in their backyard and neighborhoods; more importantly,
nature comes in first place when we all come together
to discover the other species we share this planet with!

Thank you all for contributing observations and also for
helping to identify them! Lots of work!

With respect,


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May 06, 2018

Bats go quiet during fall mating season.

Using specialized infrared cameras and ultrasonic microphones to record bats flying through river corridors in northern California, the researchers discovered that bats use short, extremely quiet “micro-calls.” At times, no echolocation calls at all were detected, even from bats flying within 10 feet of the highly sensitive audio recorders.

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Annual call for volunteer bighorn sheep counters.

For those who have never participated in the citizen science project of counting bighorn sheep in the peak of summer heat, it might seem a bit daft. For those who have done it, it’s more a ritual of dedication.

Every year for the past 48, volunteers have gathered in the basking summer heat of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to be a part of this important wildlife monitoring effort.

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May 08, 2018

CBS San Francisco Bay Area Marin County Deputies Put Fawn In Patrol Car For Safety.

MILL VALLEY (CBS SF) — Marin County Sheriff’s deputies in had an unusual encounter with a baby deer this past weekend when they had to briefly put the fawn into their patrol car.

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National Geographic Rise in Tailless Whales off California Has Scientists Concerned.

It was a whale without a tail. "My jaw literally dropped," she recalls.
Since then, there have been occasional sightings of tailless whales in western North America. But so far this year, at least three flukeless gray whales have been spotted migrating northward along California's coast—a spike that has Schulman-Janiger concerned for their well-being.

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May 09, 2018

Wolves in Northern California aren’t just loping through anymore; they’re here to stay.

Seven years after an Oregon wolf named OR-7 caused an international sensation by taking a historic pilgrimage through California, his offspring are settling in the Golden State, starting families and giving every indication that the howling canines are here to stay.

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Good News Network: For 30 Years, This Cute Critter Was Thought to be Extinct –Until Now.

The adorable kangaroo rat, named for its ability to hop about the arid lowlands where it is found, was listed as endangered by the Mexican government in 1994.

Then, a team of researchers from the San Diego Natural History Museum were in the field conducting routine monitoring of small mammal communities in Baja, California over the summer when they found four of the 5-inch rats.

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May 11, 2018

KGO-TV Abandoned baby weasels rescued by hikers in Half Moon Bay.

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - Two baby long-tailed weasels are currently being treated at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's Wildlife Care Center after officials say they were found abandoned on a hiking trail in Half Moon Bay and brought in by Good Samaritans in April.

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May 13, 2018

Eradication of invasive rodent off to a slow start in California.

LOS BANOS, Merced County — Before the midday heat had set in, Jeff Cann and Tim Kroeker were out of their Dodge pickup, trudging through waist-deep water in waders and rubber boots.

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May 16, 2018

What the Return of the Nutria Rat Means for California.

The nutria rat, an invasive species brought over the United States during the fur industry's heyday, has a reputation for destruction. While the species was previously thought to be eradicated from California, new sightings suggest otherwise.

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