January 19, 2022

North Section - 1/18/2022

Jim and I walked the north side. Jim started at 9:00 but I was late at 9:45 (sorry Jim!). Temp was 50 degrees and it was foggy. We finished at noon.

Total: 221 dead newts, 1 live newt
Live newt was on the reservoir side of the road so we moved him off the road towards the reservoir. He wasn't moving (but unhurt) and his skin seemed dry so we wet him down and put him on a wet section of dirt. When we returned on the way back he was gone.
90% of the dead newts were on the hill side of the road

Other stats:
6 trucks
2 walkers
14 cars
2 parked cars
3 bicyclists

Other road kill:
1 jerusalem cricket
Lots of splotches that could have been newts already removed from the road, banana slugs or centipedes

My observations are here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&user_id=monicarichards&verifiable=any

Posted on January 19, 2022 01:29 by monicarichards monicarichards | 0 comments | Leave a comment

January 17, 2022

South Section: Monday January 17, 2022

Conducted survey of South side from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm. Weather was 44° F, cloudy.

Observers: Karan and Matt (SFBBO Staff)

Documented 147 dead newts of which at least 1 was a juvenile.

Documented Human Activity:
Cars: 32
Motorcycles: 0
Bikes: 17
Pedestrian: 3
Parked cars: 12

Notes: A lot of the newts were pretty fresh since the guts were spilling out while scraping them. No one asked what we were doing except a couple of bicyclists who were biking shouted "No need to eat that, I can give you my power bars". To which I responded "Have you tried Newt Jerky? it tastes better than beef jerky".

Saw a couple of live newts around the soda springs canyon crossing over to the forest, so gave them a free ride to the other side of the road.

Link to my observations for today: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-17&place_id=any&q=roadkill&subview=map&user_id=karangattu&verifiable=any

Posted on January 17, 2022 23:44 by karangattu karangattu | 1 comment | Leave a comment

January 16, 2022

North section part two - 01/15/2022

Saturday, 9:10-10:30 no live newts, 249 dead newts!!
I walked with Robin and Jim!
Weather: a bit cold, then nice.
Coverage: from the large parking lot in the middle of the road, to the boat club, and then back to the stop sign and back, coving the second half of the north section I missed the day before.
Newts: we documented 249 dead newts, at least 9 of them juveniles.
Other roadkills: Tylobolus millipedes, centipedes, moth, glowworm.
Traffic: 6 cars (Midpen, county parks), 1 truck, 8 bikes, 5 pedestrians, 5 parked cars in the far parking lot (a new record?) - 3 of them belonged to us...
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-15&place_id=any&subview=map&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
Robin's - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-15&place_id=any&subview=map&user_id=anudibranchmom&verifiable=any
Jim's - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-15&place_id=any&user_id=jim769&verifiable=any

Posted on January 16, 2022 03:20 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

January 15, 2022

North section part one - 01/14/2022

Friday, 9:20-13:20 no live newts, 595 dead newts!!
Weather: a bit cold, then nice.
Coverage: from the Jones Trailhead parking lot to the boat club. It took me three hours to get to the boat club = 1 mile, so it didn't look like I'll make it all the way to the end of the route. I'll finish it tomorrow morning.
Newts: I documented 595 dead newts, at least 2 of them juveniles. 402 of the newts were found on the hill side of the road, 193 were found on the lake side.
Other roadkills: Tylobolus millipedes, centipedes.
Traffic: 52 cars, 19 trucks (trash, County Roads), 3 motorcycles, 17 bikes, 17 pedestrians, 16 parked cars.
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-14&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on January 15, 2022 02:18 by merav merav | 4 comments | Leave a comment

January 13, 2022

South section - 01/12/2022

Wednesday, 9:00-12:37 on live newts, 220 dead newts
I walked with Robin and Brian
Weather: very cold, then nice.
Coverage: from Aldercroft Heights Rd intersection to the second stop sign.
Newts: we had 220 dead newts, very few fresh. About 65 of them were found on the lake side of the road, about 156 on the hill side. Only a few juveniles - 2.
Other roadkills: another one of the non-native Earshell Slug (Testacella haliotidea), millipedes, centipedes, earthworms, beetle, spider, Jerusalem cricket.
We saw a falcon? calling from a tall electricity pole
Traffic: 2 trucks, 45 cars (including SJJJ), 6 motorcycles, 2 pedestrian, 6 bikes, 5 parked cars.
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-12&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
Robin's observations - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-12&place_id=any&user_id=anudibranchmom&verifiable=any

Posted on January 13, 2022 00:57 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

January 11, 2022

Can Citizen Scientists Prevent Another Pacific Newt Massacre?

Cars are annihilating the tiny amphibians.
By Shoshi Parks

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/pacific-newt-massacre.amp

Posted on January 11, 2022 22:54 by truthseqr truthseqr | 2 comments | Leave a comment

January 06, 2022

South section - 01/05/2022

Wednesday, 9:30-13:00 one live/ injured newt, 306 dead newts
I walked with Anne F. and Nush
Weather: nice.
Coverage: from Aldercroft Heights Rd intersection to the second stop sign.
Newts: we had 306 dead newts, most of them fresh. 100 of the newts were found on the lake side of the road, 206 on the hill side. At least 20 juveniles. The live newt was a small individual, crossing the road quickly (made it to the hill side). Both its eyes were closed. I'm not sure it was injured - it looked fine otherwise. Posted here -https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104444096
Other roadkills: ensantina, snails and slug, including an interesting slug, with its shell sticking out (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104444088), millipedes, centipedes
Traffic: 2 trucks, 30 cars (including Midpen), 1 motorcycle, 1 pedestrian, 9 bikes (one of them was dragging a large thing, on his way to Baja!), 4 parked cars.
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-05&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on January 06, 2022 03:56 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

January 05, 2022

North section - 01/04/2022

Tuesday, 9:10-12:15 no live newts, 424 dead newts!!
I walked with Jim.
Weather: a bit cold, cloudy. Jim said it rained all night.
Coverage: from the Jones Trailhead parking lot to the second stop sign.
Newts: we documented 424 dead newts, at least 8 of them juveniles.
Other roadkills: Tylobolus millipedes, centipedes, dead snail (and probably a few slugs), beetle larva.
Traffic: 30 cars, 22 trucks (SJJJ, Midpen, trash, County Roads), 3 bikes, 2 pedestrians, 21 parked cars.
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-04&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
Just before we got started, someone asked to take a photo of Jim's new vest. A few minutes later, a guy in a pickup drove by, and then came back and asked for the same thing :)

Posted on January 05, 2022 06:54 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 31, 2021

South and part of the north section - 12/30/2021

Thursday, 9:00-13:00 1 live newt! 193 dead newts in the south section, and 124 in the 3/4 portion of the north section - 317 dead newts in total.
I walked with Robin
Weather: cold, cloudy. we saw the sun on the way out. Lots of rain, until at least Wednesday night
Coverage: Robin and Merav walked together from Aldercroft Heights Rd intersection to the second stop sign. Robin walked back to the cars, Merav walked the north section till Kimekiln trailhead, where Robin picked her up (since not all of the north section got covered on Monday).
Newts: south section: I had 87 newts, Robin had 106 = 193, many of them fresh. A few juveniles.
North section: I had 106 newts and Robin had 18 = 124.
Other roadkills: 2 tree frogs, 1 ensantina, slugs, centipedes.
Traffic: south section: 3 trucks, 32 cars, 12 bikes, 3 pedestrians, 5 parked cars.
north section: 2 trucks, 26 cars, 4 bikes, 6 pedestrians, 20 parked cars.
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-12-30&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any
Robin's observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-12-30&page=2&place_id=any&user_id=anudibranchmom&verifiable=any

Posted on December 31, 2021 07:03 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 29, 2021

North Section - 12/28/2021

Walked with my two young adult daughters from 11:00 to 1:00. They were hoping to see a live newt but no dice, just a slender salamander. The road was closed at about a third of the way due to a landslide and still we had 143 dead newts! The road crew that was cleaning up the landslide said that the day before (while it was raining) they had seen many live newts, both on the road and at the sides of the road. Because of the rain there were many dead newts, sadly.

Dead newts: 143
Live newts: 0
Dead banana slugs: 3
Trucks: 5
Backhoe: 1
Pickup Trucks: 9
Cars: 42
Parked cars: 10

Location of road closure: 37°11'55.8"N 121°58'50.6"W

Posted on December 29, 2021 02:24 by monicarichards monicarichards | 2 comments | Leave a comment

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