Santa Rosa Plateau Today

SRP-Prairie Grass

Santa Rosa Plateau Bunchgrass Prairie - Trans Reserve Trail

It was a wonderful morning although I carried “way too much equipment” which I never used. I need to find the happy medium of comfort and having “what I think” I need. I somehow tend to lean towards the “what I think” end of the scale, and I am most often wrong.  
I arrived at the Santa Rosa Plateau early this morning and hiked a familiar area with hopes of locating some of the SRP’s elusive wildlife. There were numerous signs (fresh tracks and scat) of Bobcat and older signs of Mountain Lion. I suspect that the bobcat are currently raising young and hopefully they might become more active during the day in the near future. I will try in the coming weeks to get the the SRP earlier in the morning (SRP opens at sunrise and closes at sunset) and explore the areas showing the most bobcat sign. Chances of observing a Mountain Lion is pretty slim.
The SRP is now changing with the warming weather, the wildflowers are beginning to wane and the bunchgrass is now going to seed. The lighter colored seed cases of the bunchgrass blowing in the moderate wind today produced a pleasurable appearance of waves moving across the landscape – very nice! I’ve been told that the spring season in this area has been extended by nearly a month this El Nino year.
Wildlife did not elude me entirely today. I was able to capture a blurry photo of the Entsatina Salamander (Ensatina sp.), probably the Monterey Salamander. I also noticed something out of the corner of my eye while photographing another subject. When I examined the area on the ground where I saw the movement I found something quite interesting. It wasn’t until I was processing todays photos that I noticed the mysterious object was a spider or velvet ant – passer-byes beware!Passer By BEWARE! – Spider of Velvet AntEnsatina Salamander (Ensatina sp.)


Ensatina Salamander (Ensatina sp) - Poison Oak as well

Passer By BEWARE! Spider or Velvet Ant

5 Responses to “Santa Rosa Plateau Today”

  1. says:

    So glad you were able to finish this blog up.
    Nice Job!

  2. jason says:

    Looks great!

  3. Linda says:

    Hi Jim & Judy! I like your blog.I love the pic of the salamander! I’ve seen similar looking salamanders at Oso Flaco (fresh water lakes that are in amongst the dunes in our area) Could they be the same species? In the insect realm, right now my kindergartners are raising bombyx mori (my 17th generation since beginning this project in 1993). Be sure to plant a mulberry tree on your property so I can share eggs with you! Can’t wait to see Jason & Rita in Mexico next week! Love, L&S

  4. Bob Albertson says:

    Your Blog is really neat!! Will look forward to the future updates.

  5. Karen Albertson says:

    What a wonderful site. You always do such a great job! I love the blog and all of the wonderful photo’s and information. I can’t wait for a visit to see all in person.

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