Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Eastern Sierra Herpetology Club

The ESHC is well into it’s second year of existence, and today was one of the most exciting days for the membership, and for me, personally, as a founding member.

Some may remember last year at about this time, I posted that the club was going to ask for seasonal closures of a specific road to help protect a breeding population of the incredibly rare California Black Toad (Bufo exuls).  We successful in getting a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Fish and Game.  As part of that MOU, the club is obligated to volunteer time and man-hours for maintenance of the habitat in the breeding location.  That’s just fine by us.

We met with a leading DFG biologist that has been working to protect these toads for a long time.  We had a great day installing blockades, cleaning the area, and of course…documenting animals and flowers…

James and Ceale working to install a T-post at one of the stream crossings

The gang, observation a swarm of bees. I stayed far away from that nonsense.

Great Basin Whiptail--Aspidocelis tigris tigris

Barrel Cactus in bloom

Beavertail Cactus blossom

California Black Toad--Bufo exuls

Black Neck Hummingbird eggs

All in all it was a fantastic day!  We were asked by the DFG to participate in a few studies in specific areas, looking for and documenting, various reptiles and amphibians for inclusion in a variety of environmental reports and studies.  Hopefully, you will start seeing some great improvements to the habitat and conservation efforts of the reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the Eastern Sierra!

Thanks for looking!

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2 responses

  1. windyscotty

    Hi, Keep up the great work that you do. I saw a really interesting couple of insects today in Bishop that I have never seen before. The larger one (male I think) was rubbing antennae and bugging the little female relentlessly. They had large beetle-like bodies colored in yellow and black. Their heads looked like a large red ant. Do you know what this insect is? Really bizarre! I was fascinated by these awesome creatures doing their thing on the side of the road. Thanks, Dave M

    June 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

  2. No, I’m sorry, but insects are not my “thing”. In fact, they give me quite a case of the heebie-jeebies! I know they are an integral part of the ecosystem, but man…I flat don’t like bugs…

    June 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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